Poppy Day bomber ‘admitted he used fake passport and visa to enter the UK’ to immigration staff


The Liverpool suicide bomber had admitted to using fake documents to enter the United Kingdom in his original asylum screening interview, it was revealed today. 

Poppy Day suicide attacker Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, was of Iraqi origin but used a Jordanian passport and visa to deceive border control when he arrived as an asylum seeker in 2014.

Al Swealmeen killed himself when his self-built Improvised Explosive Device detonated in the back seat of a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.

But damning new information revealed the failed asylum seeker, then 25, had told immigration officials he used a falsified visa and passport during a screening interview just days after arriving in Britain.

A 35-page Home Office dossier, obtained by The Sun, shows Al Swealmeen’s ability to weave an elaborate web of lies that he used to fool immigration officers, resulting in him being able to remain in Britain for seven years after his application was foiled.

Claiming he was from war-torn Syria in a bid to gain the right to live in the UK, the fanatic cited ‘psychological problems’ and told officers he would be killed if he was not granted refugee status.

Suspicious border force staff grilled him on everything from his time spent with family in Syria, his journey to the UK and the Jordanian passport before forcing a confession out of the manipulative liar.

Investigators eventually issued Al Swealmeen with a formal warning, telling him he had ‘lied and used deception to enter the UK’. His formal asylum bid was rejected a year later, and he was refused the right to appeal in 2017.

Emad Al-Swealmeen, 32, pictured, was of Iraqi origin but used a Jordanian passport and visa to deceive border control when he arrived in the UK as an desperate asylum seeker in 2014

Emad Al-Swealmeen, 32, pictured, was of Iraqi origin but used a Jordanian passport and visa to deceive border control when he arrived in the UK as an desperate asylum seeker in 2014

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

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 shocking findings come as police revealed Liverpool bomber Emad Al Swealmeen started building his ‘bomb factory’ at a rented bedsit as early as April.  

His other desperate bids for asylum included converting to Christianity, after he was baptised and confirmed at Liverpool Cathedral in 2017.

Immigration sources said that Al Swealmeen used a false identity and multiple appeals to ‘frustrate’ attempts to remove him from the UK before he tried to kill women and babies on Remembrance Sunday. 

The bomber was allowed to stay in the UK for seven years despite multiple failed claims for asylum and being arrested for ‘waving’ a ‘large knife’ in public before finding Jesus and appealing again in 2017. 

But leaked Home Office documents from 2014 show Al Swealmeen flew into London from the United Arab Emirates and was given an Arabic translator for his asylum interview. 

He claimed to have been born in war-ravaged Syria moved to the UAE in 1999 before returning to Syria in 2013 in the midst of its brutal civil war. Relatives have since confirmed Al Swealmeen was born in Iraq. 

Al Swealmeen insisted he caught a 23-hour bus ride from the UAE to the Jordan-Syria border at Nassib in order to return to his parents in Deir ez-Zor, one of Syria’s bloodiest battlegrounds.

He then claimed he paid £220 to a corrupt border official to safely cross into his ‘home’.  

Al Swealmeen's other desperate bids for asylum included converting to Christianity, after he was baptised and confirmed at Liverpool Cathedral in 2017

Al Swealmeen’s other desperate bids for asylum included converting to Christianity, after he was baptised and confirmed at Liverpool Cathedral in 2017

Liverpool locals praised for togetherness one week on from attack

People across Liverpool have been praised for ‘standing shoulder to shoulder’ in the wake of the Remembrance Sunday attack, as the public were reminded they are the ‘eyes and ears’ for police in the fight against terror.

One week on from the explosion outside the city’s women’s hospital, officials spoke of their gratitude for the ‘patience and understanding’ of locals as investigations continue.

The bomb used in the incident was a homemade explosive with ball bearings attached to it and police said it could have caused ‘significant injury or death’. 

Officers are ‘working round the clock’ on their investigation and police said there is more to be done in the bid to ‘defeat terrorism’, as they vowed to make efforts to ensure the safety of the city as the festive season approaches.

Tributes have been paid to the reaction of the public, as well as emergency responders and hospital staff, in an open letter from police and local political figures seven days after the blast. 

While an Islamist plot is one line of inquiry, MailOnline understands investigators are still keeping an open mind and the motivation is yet to be established.

Police and security services are still thought to be working on the current understanding that the hospital was the intended target. 

 

The terrorist’s interrogator quickly grew skeptical about the details of Al Swealmeen’s journey, so pressed on with questions about the state of Deir ez-Zor.

Al Swealmeen told officers he lived with relatives in the centre of the city, surviving on rations his family had stockpiled and by visiting his grandparents home ‘to be safe’ amid the constant shelling.

Although he was able to name local restaurants, mosques and streets, Al Swealmeen was unable to tell his interviewer which regime had been control of the city when he had lived there. 

He continued by telling Border Force documentation proving his nationality had been ‘destroyed’, meaning it was not safe for him to remain in Syria and he could have died ‘at any time’.

The Poppy Day attacker initially tried claiming he did not know if his Jordanian passport and visa were ‘real or forged’ as they had been given to him by a people-smuggler.

But his lies unfolded after he admitted during a tough grilling that he had no right to Jordanian nationality and that he had entered the UK using an illegally-obtained passport.  

Al Swealmeen was given a formal ‘credibility warning’, but incredulously continued with his tale by telling officers: ‘I had two options. Stay and die, or use the passport and escape.’ 

The officer retorted: ‘At the time of the visa application you were not in Syria – you were in the UAE. So it’s not a question of ‘stay and die’ as you’d left Syria.

‘You lied and used deception to enter the UK. Why should I believe you are from Syria?’ Al Swealmeen was unable to answer that question.   

A later asylum application was submitted under the alias Enzo Elmeni, adopted by Al Swealmeen because of his love for the founder of Ferrari. 

The bomber would eventually live in the flat above the pizza shop where he worked in Sefton after being kicked out of his original accommodation by the Home Office.

A Home Office spokesperson told MailOnline they were ‘urgently’ investigating the leak of ‘sensitive documents relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation’. 

Officers have now recovered traces of chemicals from the terrorist’s bomb factory indicating that he experimented with various explosives.

One of the recipes he is understood to have followed was for hexamethylene triperoxide diamine – the same material used by the July 7 2005 London bombers.

Counter-terrorism police confirmed they believe the 32-year-old’s Remembrance Day weapon would have caused ‘significant injury or death’ if it had gone off outside.

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

Police also disclosed on Friday that devious Al Swealmeen purchased components from his bomb individually and by using a number of fake names to avoid flagging systems.

After the explosion, officers from the bomb squad were on the scene and a counter-terror police spokesman said several suspicious packages had been found after police raids.

Residents were ordered to stay indoors and others forbidden from returning to their homes. They were instead directed to a nearby primary school for shelter.

Forensic tests are still being carried out on the taxi which exploded with Al Swealmeen inside. It was confirmed last night that he died of injuries sustained in the blast and from the subsequent fire.  



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