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Liverpool bomb ‘could have caused significant damage’ say police



The bomb made by Emad Al Swealmeen was made using homemade explosive with ball bearings attached and could have caused “significant injury or death” if it had detonated in different circumstances, Counter Terrorism Police North West said.

Police have spoken to Liverpool bomber Emad Al Swealmeen’s brother, which officers said “has given us an insight into his early years and an understanding of Al Swealmeen’s life and his recent state of mind, which is an important line of investigation”.

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.

“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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