Terrorist suspect was a cake decorating student at the University of Liverpool

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Liverpool terrorist attack suspect Emad Al Swealmeen was a college cake decorating student in the city, it has been revealed.

Police believe Al Swealmeen died when an improvised explosive device detonated in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital just before 11 a.m. on Sunday 14 November.

The 32-year-old, born in Iraq, arrived in the UK several years ago.

Read more:Liverpool terrorist suspect had ‘bought parts for a bomb since April’

He was baptized at Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool in 2015 and lived with Christian couple Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott for a period in their south Liverpool home after first meeting them in 2015.

It has now been revealed that Al Swealmeen was a student at City of Liverpool College in the 2018/2019 academic year.

The downtown-based college confirmed he was a mature cake decorating student.

A statement 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 during the 2018/2019 academic year and we are dismayed to learn of his involvement in the tragic events that took place.



The City of Liverpool College has confirmed that Emad Al Swealmeen is one of its students

“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.”

Yesterday, Liverpool Cathedral confirmed that Al Swealmeen was baptized there in 2015 and confirmed in 2017, before losing contact with the church in 2018.

Today, the counterterrorism police released an update on the explosion investigation.

Deputy Chief Constable Russ Jackson, Chief of the North West Counter Terrorism Police, said: “The investigation into the terrorist incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday November 14 is continuing.

“The taxi in which the device exploded has now been withdrawn and today online searches by specialized agents will take place at the Hospital which could continue tomorrow.

“A complex picture emerges regarding purchases of aircraft components, we know that Al Swealmeen leased the property from April of this year and we believe that relevant purchases have been made at least since that time.

“We have now found a close relative of Al Swealmeen who informed us that he was born in Iraq.

Liverpool women’s hospital explosion

“Our investigations have revealed that Al Swealmeen has had episodes of mental illness, that will be part of the investigation and it will take some time to fully understand.

“There is a lot of commentary in the media about Al Swealmeen and it is clear that he was known to a lot of people.

“We continue to appeal to people who knew him, especially those who have associated with him this year as we try to piece together the events that led to this incident and the reasons for this incident.

“At the moment we cannot find any connection with others in the Merseyside area of ​​concern, but this remains a swift investigation and as more becomes known we cannot rule out action against others. “

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 1027 citing the Liverpool Women’s Hospital incident.

Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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