The taxi driver who escaped the botched attack in Liverpool realised his passenger was carrying a bomb when he saw a red light on his vest, according to a witness.
David Perry has been credited with saving many lives by locking the Iraq-born terrorist Emad Al Swealmeen , 32, in his car on the morning of Remembrance Sunday, seconds before he detonated the homemade explosive.
The suicide bomber was killed in the fireball outside Liverpool Women's Hospital, while the quick-thinking driver escaped with minor injuries.
Darren Knowles, a security guard who was on duty, was only metres away when the explosion happened and rushed to help Mr Perry.
He told BBC News that his first instincts were to get the distressed driver away to safety.
The security guard added: 'He just said, "I've been blown up, I've been blown up, there is a bomber in my car."
'He said there was still a person in the taxi. He had seen a red light on the vest that the passenger was wearing, so that gave it away for him to do something and he acted very quickly and very bravely.
'I was grabbing the taxi driver stopping him from going back to his taxi and everything.
'Obviously, I just gave him a big hug to stop him going further into danger. I am just happy he is okay and fully recovered from his injuries.'
Mr Knowles revealed that he still gets 'the odd flashback' from the blast, but added that he is keeping himself busy with work and family, and trying not to dwell on it.
Police previously said the bomb was a homemade explosive with ball bearings attached to it, which could have caused 'significant injury or death' if it had been detonated in a crowd.
It was also revealed the terrorist had used several fake names while buying materials.
Al Swealmeen reportedly arrived in the UK from the Middle East in 2014 and converted to Christianity three years later.
He had an application for asylum rejected in 2018, but had a fresh appeal ongoing at the time of the explosion.
Assistant chief constable Russ Jackson, head of Counter Terrorism Police North West, said: 'Although there is much scientific work to do on the device to determine what made it up, we have learned a great deal over the past five days.
'It was made using homemade explosive and had ball bearings attached to it which would have acted as shrapnel.
'Had it detonated in different circumstances, we believe it would have caused significant injury or death.
'We still do not know how or why the device exploded when it did, but we are not discounting it being completely unintentional, and it is a possibility that the movement of the vehicle or its stopping caused the ignition.'
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