Images Show Cabbie David Perry With Head In Hands After Liverpool Terror Attack
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The cabbie who allegedly managed to lock a suicide bomber in his car as he attempted to stage an attack on Liverpool Women's Hospital has been pictured staggering away from the blast before standing his head in his hands following the incident on Sunday.
David Perry managed to escape with just minor injuries from the blast that killed bomber Emad Al Swealmeen when he detonated an improvised explosive device outside the hospital.
The initial blast caused the windows of the vehicle to shatter into pieces, as well as setting the vehicle on fire.
However, just seconds after the initial detonation, Perry could be seen falling out of the driver's door and rushing off to safety.
It's a good job he did, too. Within seconds the entire car was ablaze with the 32-year-old Al Swealmeen inside it.
CCTV footage then shows Perry stumbling towards the reception of the hospital with his head in his hands, seemingly warning others to stay away from the area.
A friend told Metro that he repeatedly shouted: "My passenger's blown me up."
After the incident on Remembrance Sunday, Perry's wife posted on Facebook that her husband is 'lucky to be alive', describing his escape as an 'utter miracle'.
Rachel Perry thanked the public and friends for their messages of support, but said her husband was 'extremely sore and just trying to process what's happened'.
She wrote: "The explosion happened whilst he was in the car and how he managed to escape is an utter miracle,
"He certainly had some guardian angels looking after him."
However, she attempted to play down his heroism, adding: "There are a lot of rumours flying round about him being a hero and locking the passenger inside the car... but the truth of the matter is, he is without a doubt lucky to be alive."
She concluded: "Let's pray this doesn't happen to anyone else."
In identifying the suspect and updating on the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks said: "Our inquiries are very much ongoing but at this stage we strongly believe that the deceased is 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.
"Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where searches are still ongoing.
"We believe he lived at the Sutcliffe Street address for some time and had recently rented the Rutland Avenue address."
"Our focus is the Rutland Avenue address where we have continued to recover significant items.
"We continue to appeal for any information about this incident and now that we have released his name any information that the public may have about Al Swealmeen no matter how small may be of great assistance to us."
Whilst the attack has been ruled as an act of terrorism, the motive behind it remains unclear.
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