Liverpool terror suspect Emad Al Swealmeen struck after 'having UK asylum claims rejected'

This is the face of the Liverpool terror suspect after an explosion outside the city’s women’s hospital.

Emad Al Swealmeen is believed to have moved to the UK from the Middle East a few years ago.

The 32-year-old is said to have had an asylum application rejected in 2014, a detailed report on Tuesday morning.

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Malcolm Hitchcott, who dated Al Swealmeen with his wife, Elizabeth, said the suspect first came to Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in 2015.

Mr. Hitchcott told The Sun: “He was destitute at the time and we have taken him in.

“The British asylum seekers were never convinced that he was Syrian and in 2014 he was refused asylum.

“The case was turned down because it was divided into sections because of a mental incident in which he waved a knife at people from an overpass.”

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Ms. Hitchcott said, “We’re just so sad. We just loved him, he was a lovely guy.”

Shadow’s interior minister, Nick Thomas-Symonds, suggested that a judicial investigation be conducted against so-called “lone fighters”.

The head of the NHS in England has praised the staff at Liverpool Women’s Hospital for having “really focused on keeping the services going” despite “a really difficult 48 hours” since a bomb went off outside the hospital on Sunday.

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