2021 Liverpool bombing
|Date||14 November 2021|
|Blamed on||Emad al-Swealmeen|
|Description||An IED that detonated in a taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital at 10:59am on Remembrance Sunday, killing the alleged perpetrator|
The 2021 Liverpool bombing took place on Remembrance Sunday, 14 November 2021, when a taxi carrying a passenger arrived at the main entrance of Liverpool Women's Hospital in Liverpool, England. An improvised explosive device carried by the passenger ignited, killing him and injuring the driver. The UK police later declared it to be a "terrorist" incident.
On 14 November 2021, at approximately 10:59 am GMT, an explosion occurred inside a taxi as it arrived in front of the main entrance of the Liverpool Women's Hospital. The driver left the vehicle seconds later and ran to safety, after which a fire badly burned the car. The explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device which was carried by the taxi's passenger, 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen, who was killed in the incident. The taxi driver was admitted to hospital, with injuries including an ear needing to be sewn back on, but was released the following day. Merseyside Police attended the scene, along with fire and ambulance crews; they were accompanied by the Royal Logistics Corps' Bomb Squad. The hospital was placed under a lockdown, roads were closed and a cordon was in place around the hospital by the evening, and armed police maintained a presence.
Anglican Cathedral nearby
The bomber's motivation for the attack was not immediately known. One theory emerged that he was intending to walk to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and detonate his device as the congregation left. The Independent questioned whether there was a "connection between the timing of the incident and the fact that it occurred on Remembrance Sunday, with the associated minute's silence usually observed at 11am". The hospital is a short distance from the cathedral, where the remembrance service was taking place attended by thousands of veterans and military personnel with a subsequent parade. On this, the police said one line of enquiry was whether the event was linked to nearby remembrance events.
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