Liverpool Women’s hospital blast declared terrorist incident – live updates








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Here’s the full report on what we know about the situation so far, from three Guardian reporters, Jamie Grierson, Vikram Dodd and Maya Wolfe-Robinson.

The piece will continue to be updated throughout the day.








Here’s the response so far from Boris Johnson, reported by the Guardian political correspondent Aubrey Allegretti:

The prime minister praised the “incredible presence of mind and bravery” of a taxi driver injured in the blast at Liverpool Women’s, hospital which has been declared a terrorist incident by police.

Speaking during a visit to a vaccine centre in east London on Monday, he told journalists: “This is an ongoing investigation so I can’t comment on the details or exactly what type of incident it was, what type of crime it may have been.

“But it does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery.

“I’ve got to say this is something that is an ongoing investigation. I think it would be premature to say much more than that.”

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Here’s some extra detail on the incident from the Guardian’s crime correspondent, Vikram Dodd:

Police investigating the explosion and fireball outside a Liverpool hospital believe they have found materials linked to the explosive device used, after a series of dramatic raids and searches.

Investigators believe a suspected improvised explosive device caused the fireball and explosion shortly after the taxi pulled up outside the entrance of the Liverpool women’s hospital.

The explosion at around 11am on Sunday led to a series of armed raids and searches, during which materials consistent with the production of an IED were discovered in Liverpool. Some residents were evacuated.

The cab driver is believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the explosion and runs away after the device is set off.

The UK terrorism threat level remains at substantial, meaning an attack is likely.

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Police declare explosion at Liverpool Women’s hospital a terrorist incident

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A taxi exploded outside Liverpool Women’s hospital in the UK on Sunday morning, killing one and injuring another.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • A taxi exploded in flames outside Liverpool Women’s hospital in Liverpool city centre shortly before 11am on Sunday.
  • A male passenger inside the vehicle was killed in the blast and declared dead at the scene, Merseyside police confirmed. Police are working to establish his identity.
  • The driver managed to escape before the flames spread and is in hospital in a stable condition.
  • Following police raids, three men – aged 29, 26 and 21 – have been arrested in the Kensington area of the city under the Terrorism Act, police said in a statement on Sunday night.
  • In the hours after the blast, a heavy police presence was reported at three streets in the city – Sutcliffe and Boaler streets in Kensington, and Rutland Avenue in Sefton Park. Fire crews and police officers wearing vests marked “negotiator” were seen at Rutland Avenue and cordons remain in place.
  • Police said they were “keeping an open mind” as to what caused the explosion. Investigators believe it is unlikely it was a fault with the vehicle and are investigating whether the timing of the explosion, when the Remembrance Sunday silence was due to begin at the cathedral nearby, was deliberate.
  • The investigation is being led by counter-terrorism police who are being assisted by Merseyside police and MI5.

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