Liverpool hospital attacker tried to apply for asylum in the UK twice before carrying out the attack

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Emad Al Swealmeen, born in Iraq, 32, arrived in the UK on a Jordanian passport and applied for asylum, insisting he was a Syrian refugee.

Police officers at the scene of the car explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital on 16 November 2021
Police officers at the scene of the car explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on 16 November 2021

New details have emerged about the Liverpool hospital shooter’s failed attempts to claim asylum in the UK.

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died when his homemade device, packed with ball bearings, exploded in a taxi outside the city’s Women’s Hospital last November.

The Iraqi-born terrorist arrived in the UK on a Jordanian passport in April 2014 and applied for asylum six days later, insisting he was a Syrian refugee.

His claim was dismissed by the Home Office the following November.

Language analysis revealed he was from Iraq, and an immigration judge concluded he had no Syrian connections.

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, was killed when his homemade device, packed with ball bearings, exploded in a taxi outside the city’s Women’s Hospital.
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But despite losing two appeals the following year, he was allowed to stay in the country.

And in 2017 he made a second asylum request under a new name, Enzo Almeni, after converting to Christianity.

This second request was also rejected, but he was again allowed to stay and filed an appeal in January last year.

Aerial view of police activity following an explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital
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The Home Office does not comment on individual cases, but said in a statement: “We are fixing the broken asylum system. The New Plan for Immigration will require people to raise all protection-related issues up front to address the practice of making multiple and sequential claims and allow those who do not have a right to be in our country to be removed more quickly.”

An inquest in December heard that Al Swealmeen had told his brother of his plan to do “something bad” before the hospital explosion on Remembrance Sunday.

At the hearing it was said that he had booked a taxi from an apartment in Sefton Park, Liverpool, where he had built his bomb, and told the driver, David Perry, “Women’s Hospital”.

The Liverpool attacker’s asylum claim was turned down more than six years before he attempted to carry out the attack
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When the taxi arrived in front of the main entrance of the hospital, minutes before 11 am on November 14, the bomb exploded.

The explosion, caught on hospital security cameras, blew the front windshield 16 meters before crashing into a tree.

Perry, 45, said it felt like a boxcar hit the back of his car. He passed out, but came back to himself seconds later and managed to get out of the burning car.

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Suffering three fractures to his lower back and damaged eardrums, he told a security guard: “The b * He tried to bomb me.

Despite his new Christian beliefs, the investigation heard that a Koran and a prayer rug were found in Al Swealmeen’s belongings.

And Coroner Andre Rebello said: “It was quite evident that he was fulfilling the religious duties of someone who is a follower of Islam.”

In a narrative conclusion, Mr. Rebello added: “This device could only have been manufactured with murderous intent. Fortunately there was only one victim.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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