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Man recalls taxi driver's harrowing words seconds after Liverpool bomb

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A security guard from Cheshire has spoken of the taxi driver's harrowing words when he ran to him seconds after the bomb went off at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Darren Knowles, from Runcorn, was working as a security guard at the Liverpool Women's Hospital on November 11 when a taxi exploded near the reception of the building.

He has now opened up on the scenes outside the hospital following the sickening terror attack.

The bomb was set off at around 11am by Emad Al Swealmeen, who was a passenger in a taxi driven by Liverpool man, David Perry.

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Mr Perry survived the blast and managed to escape the vehicle, whilst terrorist Emad Al Swealmeen was killed.

Mr Knowles, 50, described the moment the blast occurred, and how he ran over the vehicle believing it was just a 'malfunction.'

Speaking with BBC's North West Today, he said he just thought: "Was it real - was it not real? It takes a lot of time to sink in. At first because there wasn't a very loud bang and I just seen black smoke 'I just thought it was a malfunction with the car and I just ran over to see if it was alright.'

Mr Perry, who miraculously survived the explosion, explained to the security guard what had just happened.

"'He just said 'I've been blown up, I've been blown up, there's a bomber in the car."

At that point, Mr Knowles got him away to safety because there was a person still in the taxi.

The security guard said the taxi driver told him 'he'd seen a little red light on a vest the passenger was wearing'.

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"He [Mr Perry] acted very quickly and very bravely", Mr Knowles said.

He grabbed him to stop him going back to the taxi, adding: "I just gave him a big hug to stop him going into danger.

"I'm still having the odd flashback, I'm coping. I'm keeping myself busy with work and family. I try not to dwell on it much."

Mr Knowles said he's glad the taxi driver is ok and recovered from his injuries. He added that he was very shocked it was a bomb, and that two of his children were actually born at the hospital.

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