The man armed with explosives who was stopped by a hero taxi driver wanted to target women and babies to kill as many people as possible, experts suggest.
During the Sunday Poppy Day Parade in Liverpool, taxi driver David Perry locked a suspected terrorist in his car to stop him from killing innocent people after spotting him playing with explosives that were strapped to his body.
After he was locked inside the vehicle just outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, the young man, who was later identified as 32-year-old Syrian refugee Enzo Almeni, died as his homemade bomb went off.
Anti-terror experts have now confirmed that the Syrian, who recently converted to Christianity, likely planned to attack the hospital with the intention to hurt as many people as possible.
“The bomber intended to enter the hospital and trigger his device, but for some reason it went off early and failed properly to initiate,” a former intelligence agent said in an interview with The Mirror.
“Had he successfully set off the bomb inside it would have been extremely bloody and horrific. We believe this was a partial explosion, clearly from a device at high-chest level, aimed at causing many casualties.”
As the threat of terrorism remains high in the country, British hospitals have been warned to “remain vigilant” and consider implementing additional security measures to protect staff and patients.
In the meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Nik Adams once again warned that members of terror groups are being encouraged to “target the places that appear most vulnerable.”
He previously said: “We’re seeing the exploitation of the circumstances to encourage acts of violence.
“We are working closely with colleagues across the Five Eyes [intelligence alliance] countries, with academics and community advisory networks to monitor how that information is playing out, and making sure that protective security advice is being adapted for the places that might be considered more vulnerable now.”
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