In a statement, a college spokesperson said: ‘Like many, we are deeply saddened by the events at Liverpool Women’s Hospital over the weekend. Emad (Enzo) al-Swealmeen was a mature college cake decorating student in the 2018/2019 academic year, and we are dismayed to learn of his involvement in the tragic events that took place.
“The well-being of our students and staff remains the City of Liverpool College’s number one priority during this time, which has been onerous for the entire city and the wider city region. In line with public appeals from Merseyside Police and other local leaders, we have no intention of commenting further on what is still an active police investigation at this time.
The bomb was not made with the same chemical used in the Manchester attack
Meanwhile, The Telegraph understands that counterterrorism police and security services investigating Sunday’s explosion have found no evidence that the TATP, used in the Manchester Arena bombing, was used to fabricate the device.
This led to speculation among some explosives experts that Swelameen could have built a crude homemade device using fireworks.
A former counterterrorism officer with expertise in improvised explosive devices said: “It’s a big explosion, but nothing to do with the scale of the bomb being used in Manchester. The white smoke that can be seen coming out of the cabin could indicate the use of gunpowder, and there is also a lightning bolt inside the cabin itself which could be gunpowder to burn.
“You can build homemade devices using fireworks, but it still requires a certain amount of expertise and planning. “
Security services will want to make sure that if Swealmeen learns how to make the bomb online, all videos are removed from the internet.