British anti-terror police are questioning three men in connection with the explosion in a taxi in Liverpool on Sunday, which police said was a failed terrorist attack.
A man in a taxi was killed in the explosion outside the Women’s Hospital in central Liverpool on Sunday.
The explosion occurred just before 11am local time, shortly before the British held a two-minute silence on Remembrance Day to commemorate the country’s fallen soldiers.
Ross Jackson, who heads the police anti-terror unit in the area, said BBC The explosion was described as a “terrorist act” caused by an explosive device “made by the passenger”.
Three men aged 21, 26 and 29 were arrested and questioned on Monday. MI5 is assisting the police in the investigation.
British police say That a taxi must have made a stop at Liverpool Women’s Hospital around 10.59 on Sunday, before it exploded shortly thereafter.
hailed as a hero
Liverpool Mayor Joan Anderson paid tribute to taxi driver David Perry, who said he may have avoided the loss of many lives.
The driver closed the car doors just before the explosion, thus preventing the passenger from entering and leaving the hospital.
The taxi driver heroically managed to prevent what could have been a terrible disaster. We owe him a thanks, Anderson says BBC.
Perry himself was injured in the blast, but according to Anderson, he did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
The passenger has yet to be officially identified, and it is not known what connection the person in question might have and the three men questioned on Monday.
The three were arrested in the Liverpool Kensington area on Sunday night, but their identities are also unknown.
According to neighborhood residents, the men moved into an apartment in the area a few months ago.
Failed terrorist act
This appears to be an act of terrorism, or a failed act of terrorism, says BBC security expert Frank Gardner.
According to police and friends of the driver, the passenger first requested to be taken to the cathedral in Liverpool, where a memorial service was scheduled to mark Sunday. Writes Watchman.
However, the roads in the area were closed due to the marking, so the taxi ended up at the hospital located near the cathedral.
Karl Besant, who has just become a father, says he and his partner were in the hospital when they suddenly heard a bang.
– My partner was really upset, says Besant BBC.
– We saw the car and got out of it screaming. He says, we also saw that someone was left in the car.
Police said it was not clear whether the blast was actually a terrorist attack.
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