Taxi driver injured in British explosion says it’s a miracle he’s alive
London A taxi driver who was injured when a homemade bomb exploded on his passenger in the northwestern English city of Liverpool a week ago said it was a “miracle” that he was alive.
In a letter issued by the police, David Perry said he was “extremely grateful that no one else was injured in such an evil act”.
British police have described the November 14 explosion as an act of terrorism and are trying to determine the motive behind the suicide bomber, Imad Al-Sawalim, who was killed in the blast outside the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool. Police say the package contained explosives and ball bearings and could cause “significant injury or death” if it exploded under various conditions.
Investigators say that Al-Sawalmin, who was originally from Iraq and applied unsuccessfully for asylum in Britain, appears to have acted alone.
However, Britain’s official terrorist threat level was raised from large to severe – which means an attack is highly likely – after the explosion.
Perry managed to get out of the taxi before it was engulfed in flames. He was treated in hospital for injuries.
In his testimony, the driver said he was “overwhelmed” by the good wishes and generosity he received after the attack.
“Now I need time to try to come to terms with what happened and focus on my recovery mentally and physically,” he said. “Please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe.”
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