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Counter terrorism police say the Liverpool bomb had shrapnel which would have caused ‘significant injury or death’

by LLB staff reporter
19th Nov 21 11:44 am

Counter terrorism investigators have said the Liverpool terrorist attacked who was blown up by his own home made bomb had ball bearings which acted as shrapnel.

Police have said the bomb would have caused “significant injury or death” had it detonated in a busy or crowded space which would have had a devastating impact.

Al Swealmeen was blown up in the back of a taxi outside a women’s hospital on Remembrance Sunday and 1km away a service was being held at a nearby cathedral.

Assistant chief constable Russ Jackson, head of Counter Terrorism Police North West, said, “Although there is much scientific work to do on the device to determine what made it up, we have learned a great deal over the past five days.

“It was made using homemade explosive and had ball bearings attached to it which would have acted as shrapnel.

“Had it detonated in different circumstances, we believe it would have caused significant injury or death.

“We still do not know how or why the device exploded when it did, but we are not discounting it being completely unintentional, and it is a possibility that the movement of the vehicle or its stopping caused the ignition.”

Jackson added, “We are spending considerable time seeking to understand the way the purchases for the ingredients to make the device were made.

“This is complicated because purchases have spanned many months and Al Swealmeen has used many aliases.

“We are confident, however, that in time we will get a full picture of what purchases were made and how, and if anyone else was involved or knew what Al Swealmeen was up to.

“We have found no connection between this incident and the terrible events of Manchester in May 2017. The device was also different to the one used in the Manchester Arena attack.”

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