SMILING for the camera, Liverpool bomber Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen appears far away from the man who attempted to detonate women and children in a deadly attack at the hospital.
It is said that the Christian convert enjoyed cake decorating, art and go-carting – but it was not known that he would become a suicide bomber.
Al-Swealmeen, 32, blew himself up in a taxi at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday – seconds before the 11 a.m. minute of silence.
He had moved to the UK seven years earlier, where he was said to have changed his first name to Enzo Almeni in honor of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari – and with the aim of helping him seek asylum in the UK .
The racing enthusiast, who The Sun said was a Jordanian national, was never granted asylum and in 2017 converted to Christianity at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.
According to friends, he had mental health issues and was previously sectioned under the Mental Health Act for wielding a knife near Liverpool city center.
But the suicide bomber then spent eight months with devoted Christians Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchott at their Liverpool home and emerged as the perfect guest.
While there, Ms Hitchcott said Al Swealmeen would go to the food bank with them and do some household chores.
She said: “He was quite private but very industrious.
“He loved to draw, he was very interested in art and could cook an average pizza.”
But last night Mr Hitchcott said he felt “numb” that the “charming man” who stayed with them was able to carry out his evil attack.
He told the Daily mail he and his wife met Al Swealmeen “very well … or we thought we knew him”.
The men are said to have gone for a walk, where the generally calm Al Swealmeen “would talk endlessly and passionately about Jesus.”
Haunting footage shows the trio enjoying happier times, with Al-Swealmeen posing for the camera as the pals live “play by play”.
Other photos show the suicide bomber enjoying trips to a kart track, with Malcolm and Elizabeth saying he would often go karting at Brunswick in Liverpool.
Their guest left on good terms after eight months, while the Hitchcots were going on vacation.
Speaking about a moment after Al-Swealmeen left, Ms Hitchott said: “I met him on a street, he was doing cake decorating in an educational class, a formal class somewhere, he was very enthusiastic.
“He showed me the drawings he had made and what he hoped to do on an upcoming exam. He was quite artistic.
“I gave him a sketchbook and pencils. He drew hills, flowers, everything around him.
According to friends, Al-Swealmeen had spent much of his life in Iraq, where his mother was from.
It has been claimed he told friends he was from Syria – but The Sun understands he was a Jordanian national.
I ran into him on a street, he was doing cake decorating in an educational class, a formal class somewhere, he was very enthusiastic.
Ms Hitchcott said she was on “best terms” with the claimant, although he had previously accused her of opening his mail.
She explained: “He had received a small package, he told me it was something for a friend of his … makes me wonder now.
“He obviously didn’t want me to stick my nose and became very sensitive. Otherwise, we were on very good terms with him.”
Al-Swealmeen had taken a taxi to Liverpool Women’s Hospital from his nearby home on Sunday.
CCTV footage captured the moment his homemade ball bearing device exploded seconds after taxi driver David Perry pulled up outside the main entrance at 10:59 a.m.
Mr. Perry survived by “a miracle”.
North West Counter Terrorism Police Chief Detective Inspector Andrew Meeks said: “Our investigations are ongoing, but at this point we strongly believe the deceased is 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.
“Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where research is still ongoing.
“We believe he lived at the Sutcliffe Street address for a while and had recently rented the Rutland Avenue address. Our target is the Rutland Avenue address where we have continued to collect important items.
“We continue to appeal for any information on this incident and now that we have released his name any information the public may have on Al Swealmeen, no matter how small, can be of great help to us.”