A person who carried out a suspected suicide attack reportedly blew himself up with a homemade device outside a Liverpool maternity hospital, forcing the national level of terrorist threat to rise for the first time in months amid fears of another attack possible.
The story of the Liverpool attack seems to have been reduced to the action of a mentally unstable loner, of Arab descent but unrelated to international terrorism. The author was a convert to Christianity who called himself Enzo. Meanwhile, four youths aged 20 to 29, initially detained as potential supporters, were released without charge.
According to The Guardian, counter-terrorism police said last night that they “strongly believed” that the perpetrator was Emad al-Swealmeen, 32, who had traveled in a taxi to the hospital from an address he had recently rented several miles larg.
Police said they could not be sure if the hospital had been the target, and if the device had been turned on prematurely, NHS officials last night advised all hospitals to review their safety measures.
The Guardian reports that al-Swearlmeen had changed his name to Enzo Almeni. While it was reported by the Daily Mail that it had been converted to Christianity from that of Islam in recent years.
Al Swealmeen was a Jordanian refugee and for some time in the UK, he had tried to be removed as a Syrian to seek political asylum, but the authorities, not trusting him, had denied him.
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