The suicide bomber who died inside a taxi on Remembrance Sunday when his device exploded in a taxi outside a Liverpool Woman’s hospital has been identified as Emad al-Swealmeen.

Emad al-Swealmeen, 32, arrived in the UK from Iraq several years ago and converted from Islam to Christianity in 2017 at the very cathedral he allegedly planned to attack yesterday, Daily Mail reported.

After converting to Christianity, he was briefly taken in by Christian volunteers Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott in Liverpool.

Before his rejected asylum application in 2014, the 32-year-old is believed to have changed his name to Enzo Almeni, in honor of Italian race car hero Enzo Ferrari, to seem more western on his asylum application.

After his asylum claim was rejected in 2014, he was arrested for possessing a “large knife.” As a result, he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for several months.

Hitchcott told the newspaper: “He first came to the cathedral in August 2015 and wanted to convert to Christianity. He took an Alpha course, which explains the Christian faith, and completed it in November of that year. That enabled him to come to an informed decision and he changed from Islam to Christianity and was confirmed as a Christian by at least March 2017, just before he came to live with us. He was destitute at that time and we took him in.”

“We’re just so, so sad. We just loved him, he was a lovely guy,” adding that the incident had left her and her husband “very” shocked.

At first, al-Swealmeen wanted to attack Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, where hundreds had gathered for a Remembrance Day service. However, after his route in a taxi was blocked by traffic, police said Al Swealmeen switched his deadly intentions to Liverpool Women’s Hospital and asked the driver to go there.

Det. Chief Insp. Andrew Meeks of Counter-Terrorism Policing North West, who identified the suspect this evening, said: “Our inquiries are very much ongoing but at this stage, we strongly believe that the deceased is 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.

“Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses where searches are still ongoing.

“We believe he lived at the Sutcliffe Street address for some time and had recently rented the Rutland Avenue address.

“Our focus is the Rutland Avenue address where we have continued to recover significant items.”

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