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The taxi driver who survived the Liverpool terror attack has said it is a "miracle that I'm alive".

David Perry and his wife Rachel have thanked the public for their "amazing generosity" in the wake of the attack outside Liverpool Women's Hospital on 14 November.

David released a statement through the Greater Manchester Police which reads : "On behalf of myself, Rachel and our family, we would like to say thank you to everyone for all your get-well wishes and for your amazing generosity.

We are completely overwhelmed with it.

"A special thanks to the staff at the Liverpool Women's Hospital, the staff and medical team at Aintree Hospital, Merseyside Police and Counter Terrorism Policing, who have all been amazing.

"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.

i now need time to try to come to terms with what's happened and focus on my recovery both mentally and physically.

Pictures show a heavily armed operator from the SAS's counter-terror squad in tactical gear and armed with a powerful automatic rifle as the regiment stormed properties in Liverpool after the suicide bomb attack

"Please be kind, be vigilant and stay safe."

mr perry managed to escape is an utter miracle," she wrote.

On Friday, counter-terror police confirmed that the bomb contained ball bearings and could have caused "significant injury or death".

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died when an improvised explosive device went off in a taxi at just before 11am.

Military insiders suggested the elite team were called upon to lead the raids in Liverpool because their 'specialised training' made them perfect for the high-pressure situation of hunting down potential active terror threats

On Thursday Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, of Counter Terrorism Police North West, said they had traced a relative of his and would be speaking to them about the case.

He told reporters Al Swealmeen is believed to have been born in Iraq and most recently lived at Rutland Avenue- and appeared to have made an improvised device that caused the explosion.

His brother has been interviewed to gain an "insight" into the 32-year-old's state of mind.

Al Swealmeen, an asylum seeker who had converted to Christianity, reportedly arrived in the UK from the Middle East in 2014 and had an application for asylum rejected the following year, but had a fresh appeal ongoing at the time of his death.

His homemade bomb blew up as he approached the hospital after he was 'jolted'. Experts have suggested it could have been a poorly made Mother of Satan device or even one put together with fireworks

The UK terror threat level has now been raised from "substantial" to “ severe ”, meaning an attack is now thought highly likely.

But the fact it detonated inside innocent David Perry's taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital, meant only the bomber was killed.

Police are investigating the incident, and while an Islamist plot is one line of inquiry, the PA news agency understands detectives are still keeping an open mind and the motivation is yet to be established.

Security services are still thought to be working on the theory that the hospital was the intended target.

Emad Al-Swealmeen, 32, pictured, loaded a homemade explosive device with nails and bolts but it failed to fully detonate when it went off in a taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital just before 11am on Sunday

Al Swealmeen, a failed asylum seeker who changed his name to Enzo Almeni, built the device that was so powerful that police said it could have caused 'significant' deaths.

Video of the blast suggests the detonator exploded but the main device failed to trigger.

It is believed he hid the truth about his background but admitted he was from Jordan and had family living in Dubai which could be why his asylum application was rejected.

Earlier this week, Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed he had exploited Britain's "dysfunctional" immigration system by staying in the country.

Armed units raided a property in the Sefton Park area of Liverpool shortly after Al Swealmeen blew himself up at Liverpool Women's Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.

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