David Perry miraculously escaped an explosion inside his cab (Picture: REX/PA)
The taxi driver who survived the Liverpool terror attack has spoken out for the first time, saying it is a ‘miracle that I’m alive’.
David Perry described the explosion as ‘an evil act’ and said he ‘needed time to try to come to terms with what’s happened’.
He miraculously escaped the cab which exploded outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital seconds before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.
Suspect Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, was the only person to die in the blast, which was allegedly planned since April.
In a statement released through police today, Mr Perry said: ‘The statement said: ‘On behalf of myself, Rachel and our family, we would like to say thank you to everyone for all your get-well wishes and for your amazing generosity. We are completely overwhelmed with it.
‘A special thanks to the staff at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, the staff and medical team at Aintree Hospital, Merseyside Police and Counter Terrorism Policing, who have all been amazing.
‘I feel like it’s a miracle that I’m alive and so thankful that no one else was injured in such an evil act. I now need time to try to come to terms with what’s happened and focus on my recovery both mentally and physically.
‘Please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe.’
David Perry and wife Rachel thanked police and hospital staff, naming them ‘amazing’ (Picture: PA)
Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, has been identified as the suspected terrorist (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
The UK’s terrorism threat level has been increased from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ in the wake of the harrowing incident.
It means an attack is now deemed to be ‘highly likely’, but not imminent.
It’s understood detectives are still keeping an open mind on the Liverpool attack and the motivation is yet to be established.
Swealmeen converted to Christianity in 2017, with a couple who took him in saying they believed he was ‘absolutely genuine’ with a ‘real passion for Jesus Christ’.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said this week he rented a property in Liverpool seven months ago and had started making ‘relevant purchases’ for his homemade bomb ‘at least’ since that time.
The Iraq-born asylum seeker suffered from periods of mental illness that will ‘form part of the investigation and will take some time to fully understand’, he added.
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