Liverpool hospital attack cab driver: ‘It’s a miracle I’m alive’

The taxi driver who survived the Liverpool terror attack has said it is a “miracle that I’m alive”.

A week on from the Remembrance Sunday incident, David Perry and his wife, Rachel, have issued a statement through police thanking the public for their “amazing generosity”.

The explosion just before 11am on 14 November outside Liverpool Women’s hospital killed the cab’s passenger, Emad al-Swealmeen, 32, while Perry managed to escape with injuries. According to police, the bomb used was a homemade explosive with ball bearings attached.

The statement from Perry said: “On behalf of myself, Rachel and our family, we would like to say thank you to everyone for all your get-well wishes and for your amazing generosity. We are completely overwhelmed with it.

“A special thanks to the staff at the Liverpool Women’s hospital, the staff and medical team at Aintree hospital, Merseyside police and counter-terrorism policing, who have all been amazing. I feel like it’s a miracle that I’m alive and so thankful that no one else was injured in such an evil act.

“I now need time to try to come to terms with what’s happened and focus on my recovery both mentally and physically. Please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe.”

Police are investigating the incident, and while an Islamist plot is one line of inquiry, the PA Media news agency understands detectives are still keeping an open mind and the motivation is yet to be established.

Security services are still thought to be working on the theory that the hospital was the intended target.

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