Liverpool bomber, who stumbled from a taxi and stated that he wanted his wife. He tried blowing me up.



Darren Knowles recalled the horrors of the Remembrance Day bombing. He told the story about David Perry’s fall from his vehicle. Blood was pouring from his neck, ear, and neck, and yelling.

Rescuers were informed by a cabbie who survived the bombing of Liverpool. “Someone has blown me up.”

After terrorist Emad Al Swealmeen had set off his bomb, security guard Darren Knowles raced for David Perry’s assistance.

He said: “I just grabbed him and tried to get him to safety.”

Brave security guard Darren tried desperately to find out if anyone could save David, the taxi driver whose cab exploded at a Liverpool Hospital.

Mr. Knowles, 50 years old, recalled the horror of the Remembrance Day bombing blast and how the driver stumbled out of his taxi with blood streaming from his neck and ear, screaming. “I want my wife”.

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Darren said: “David was just so disorientated and confused.

“He was trying to tell us, ‘There is a passenger, there is a passenger’.

“I was trying to say to him, ‘Is he still in there’, and he was saying, ‘He has tried to blow me up, he has tried to blow me up’.”

David, 45 years old, was able to get out of the burning car just seconds after Emad al Swealmeen (32) a terrorist born in Iraq, had started his home-made device.

Darren was on duty at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital when the bomber struck at 10.59am on Sunday and was standing by his own car, parked yards from the main entrance.

He said: “It all happened in a flash. I was just putting my tyre on my car. I was just about to pump my tyres up on my car when the taxi pulled up.

“I heard a loud bang and thought it was mechanical failure in the taxi. I thought that the engine had caught on fire.

“But then I saw the taxi driver run out. He was panicking and screaming, ‘Someone has blown me up’.”

Darren said blood was pumping out of David’s left ear and from a shrapnel injury in the back of his neck.

He said: “I grabbed him and tried to get him to safety as quickly as possible because I had a feeling something else was going to go off.

“My first priority was stopping the taxi driver going back to the car, because he had his phone and other things in it and he wanted to get them out. I took him directly to the nearest nursing home to receive medical attention.

“I did not think about myself I was thinking of getting the taxi driver to safety before anything else went up.

“He was screaming, panicking. We were just saying, ‘Calm down, let’s just see to you’.

“I handed him over to a nurse. He went into the staff entrance and sat down there and that was the last I saw of him.”

Darren is a security guard for an agency. “He was just in a state of shock. God bless the guy. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Darren, his partner and the two children he has with him, stated: “Everyone is calling me a hero but I was just doing my job.”

He stated that he thought the explosion was a terrorist attack and immediately believed it. “couldn’t say the words because we did not want to scare people”.

He stated that he was “quite calm”At first, it was a shock but then 30 minutes later, the reality hit. He said: “My hands were shaking when I realised how close I was to being blown up. But you don’t think, you just do.”

Despite having a great time, he kept his job on Sunday and finished at midnight. He was then back at work the next morning to take a shift at a different site. He was to return to the hospital for a night shift last night. He said: “At the end of the day I prefer to be busy than just dwelling on things.”

A GoFundMe page for Darren has been created. It also includes three other men who tried their best to help: Richie Kawar (Liam Spencer), Will Cowan (Will Cowan)

A friend of father-of-2 Mr Kawar said that he used a fire extinguisher to light the taxi. “A member of the public shouted, ‘There’s someone in the back of the taxi’. Rich thought because it was outside the women’s hospital, it must be a pregnant woman or a child.

“He said it was too hot to get close and he could hear pops and bangs but still used an extinguisher to try to put it out.”

Caroline Hewitt was the one who started the fundraising page. “These men Darren Knowles, Liam Spencer, Richie Kawar and Will Cowan, all risked their lives on Sunday. I have set up a gofundme page to raise money to be shared out among all four to give them for their bravery.”

Today, police removed the Ford Focus taxi that was badly burned.

According to a source: “There was nothing left of the car. The hospital was even damaged. They found quite serious damage, windows missing, windows cracked.”