A Liverpool taxi driver has been recognized as a hero after stopping a terrorist act from going further than it did.
David Perry, 45, is a taxi driver in Liverpool. He was hailed by a man who asked him to take him to Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. While driving in front of Liverpool’s Women’s Hospital, Perry noticed his passenger fidgeting with something. Seconds later, an explosion went off. After passing out briefly, Perry fled the car, locking the doors behind him so his passenger could not escape to hurt others.
Many are speculating that the passenger, Enzo Almeni, 32, had targeted the cathedral, where a Remembrance Day ceremony was set to start at 11, seconds after the bomb went off. This ceremony was one of the largest in the country. Remembrance Day in Britain is a day spent looking back with gratitude on fallen soldiers.
Almeni, whose birth name is Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen, was originally from Iraq. He was a refugee living in Britain, where he had Chrisitan sponsors. He allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity. Nevertheless, authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the attack was related to Islamic beliefs. Almeni died in the car.
On Sunday, after the incident took place, three men, aged 21, 26, and 29, were arrested. A fourth, aged 20, was arrested on Monday. They are believed to be connected to the planned attack. According to the country’s Terrorism Act, they can be held for 14 days without being charged.
Liverpool’s mayor, Joanne Anderson, told BBC Radio 4, “The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital,” and offered praise for his “quick thinking to lock the taxi and get out of the taxi.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the incident, “It does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery.” Rachel Perry, the wife of the taxi driver, expressed her gratitude on Facebook, saying, “He is without a doubt lucky to be alive.” Perry was admitted with minor injuries, including cuts, bruises, and a damaged ear drum. He has since been discharged.
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