Inside bomber Emad Al-Swealmeens life from Christian convert to cake decorating

One minute before the UK fell silent on Remembrance Day to pay respects to those who have fallen, Emad Al Swealmeen got in a taxi and pulled up outside of Liverpool Women's Hospital before he blew himself up in the back seat of the cab.

The Poppy Day terror attack took place on Sunday morning and thanks to taxi driver David Perry, hundreds of lives were saved after he reportedly noticed the 32-year-old had a strange device and locked him in the cab.

On Monday, the attack was declared a terrorist incident which raised questions into what the bomber's life was like – but surprisingly, it is far from what anyone was expecting.

The Jordanian national had moved to the UK seven years ago and converted to Christianity in 2017, according to The Sun.

It has been reported that Al-Swealmeen claimed to have changed his first name to Enzo Almeni in reference to Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari and in a bid to westernise his name.

He converted his religion to Christianity at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral but was never granted asylum.

His pals claim he was once sectioned under the Mental Health Act for waving a knife near Liverpool's city centre.

He was also reported to be the perfect house guest after he spent eight months living in a Christian household with Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchott, reports Daily Mail.

They said he would help around the house and visit the food bank with them.

"He was fairly private but very industrious," Mrs Hitchcott said.

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"He loved to draw, he was very interested in art and could cook a mean pizza."

Responding to the news, Mr Hitchcott said he felt "numbed" to learn that they had shared their home with the terrorist.

"It's almost too impossible to believe," he said.

"There was nothing to suggest he could go on to become radicalised."

The couple went on to explain how he was a cake-enthusiast and had even taken a formal course somewhere.

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Mrs Hitchott said: "He showed me the designs he had done and what he was hoping to do in an upcoming exam. He was quite artistic.

“I gave him a sketchbook and pencils. He drew hills, flowers, everything around him.”

He can be smiling in pictures enjoying visits to a go-karting track and posing happily with Mr Hitchcott.

It was reported that he left the Hitchcotts home on good terms after a period of eight months due to the couple going on holiday.

However, Mrs Hitchcott did highlight one time where he had accused her of opening his mail.

"He had received a small package, he told me it was something for a friend of his… makes me wonder about it now," she said.

Al Swealmeen was declared dead after he was said to be locked inside the cab by taxi driver David Perry who miraculously survived after getting out of the car following the blast.

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It is believed the bomber had made the device in his South Liverpool flat, which he had only just moved into.

It has since been confirmed that four other people who were arrested under the Terrorism Act have since been released.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Meeks said: ''Our enquiries 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 continue to appeal for any information about this incident and now that we have released his name any information that the public may have about Al Swealmeen no matter how small may be of great assistance to us."

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