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UK: Liverpool bomber lied about converting to Christianity, was practicing Muslim with Qur’an and prayer mat

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“The Prophet said, ‘War is deceit.’” (Bukhari 4.52.269)

But anyone who might have raised doubts about Al Swealmeen’s sincerity would have been excoriated as “Islamophobic.”

“Liverpool Women’s Hospital suicide bomber who lied about converting to Christianity in bid to claim asylum was practising Muslim with Koran and prayer mat, inquest hears,” by Henry Martin, MailOnline, December 30, 2021:

The Liverpool Women’s Hospital bomber lied about converting to Christianity and was a practising Muslim, an inquest has heard.

Iraqi-born Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died from an explosion and subsequent fire when his device detonated in the Ford Focus Delta Taxi as it pulled up outside the hospital shortly before 11am on November 14.

The driver, David Perry, managed to escape the blast – which was captured on hospital CCTV.

Al Swealmeen had falsely claimed to be of Syrian heritage in asylum applications and was still a practising Muslim despite apparently converting to Christianity, an inquest at Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Court was told on Thursday.

Asked if he may have converted to strengthen his asylum claim, Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks from Counter Terrorism Policing North West said: ‘I’d agree with that because he would claim he’d be liable to persecution on return to Syria or Iraq.’

The inquest heard a Holy Koran and prayer mat were found when police searched his premises.

Senior coroner Andre Rebello said Al Swealmeen’s brother, who lives in America and was not named in court, said he had spoken to him on Friday, November 12, two days before the bomb went off.

Mr Rebello told the inquest: ‘He says towards the end of call Emad said something like ”if I do something bad that will affect the family what do you think?”

‘He replied something like ”don’t do s**t”, advising him as an older brother, although this was something which caused him concern, knowing his previous issues.’

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, detonated a homemade bomb outside the hospital just before 11am on November 14, killing himself and injuring taxi driver David Perry

He said Al Swealmeen, born in Baghdad, Iraq, had been in prison in the Middle East for a serious assault on another person, as well as being in trouble in Liverpool previously for possession of an offensive weapon.

After moving to Britain he lived at Home Office-provided accommodation in Sutcliffe Street, in the Kensington area of Liverpool, but since April had rented a self-contained flat in Rutland Avenue, where he paid the rent monthly in cash, the court was told.

The inquest heard the flat was used as a ‘bomb-making factory’, and financial investigations showed Al Swealmeen had been purchasing materials likely to be used in the manufacture of improvised firearms or home-made explosives, including 2,000 ball bearings….

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