The hero British taxi driver who fled his cab seconds before it was blown up by a terrorist said it is a “miracle” he survived.
In his first comments since the Nov. 14 blast outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, cabbie David Perry said he had been “completely overwhelmed” by the messages of support.
“I feel like it’s a miracle that I’m alive and so thankful that no one else was injured in such an evil act,” Perry said in a statement released through local police.
“I now need time to try to come to terms with what’s happened and focus on my recovery both mentally and physically,” he said, urging people to “please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe.”
Perry did not detail exactly what happened, including reports that he had deliberately trapped bomber Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, inside his taxi when he realized he was about to detonate the bomb just moments before events to honor military war dead on Remembrance Sunday.
Iraq-born Al Swealmeen was killed in the fireball, while the taxi driver escaped with minor injuries.
Police declared it a terror attack, saying the device contained explosives and ball bearings and could have caused “significant injury or death.”
Investigators say Al Swealmeen, who had applied unsuccessfully for asylum in Britain, planned the attack for at least seven months, using “many aliases” to purchase bomb parts.
Britain’s official terrorism threat level was raised from substantial to severe — meaning an attack is highly likely — following the blast.
With Post Wires