Three people, who killed one person and injured another in an explosion in a hospital, were arrested under the Anti-Terror Law.
Merseyside Police were called to report an explosion involving a vehicle believed to be a taxi at 10:59 am on Sunday at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
North West Anti-Terrorism Police said three men, aged 29, 26 and 21, were detained in the Kensington area of the city and were detained under the Terrorism Act in connection with the incident.
It was determined that the male passenger in the car died at the scene and his identity has not yet been determined.
The driver, who is also a man, was injured at the scene and is in stable condition, receiving treatment at the hospital.
Counterterrorism police said they remain open-minded about the cause of the explosion and are working closely with Merseyside Police.
Earlier, a spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “We understand so far that the car involved was a taxi docking at the hospital shortly before the explosion.
“Work is ongoing to find out what’s going on and it may take some time before we confirm anything.
“We are open-minded about what caused the explosion, but given how it happened – as a precaution – counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation, supported by Merseyside Police.
“Our intervention in the hospital continues and will continue for a while. Cords exist and some roads are closed.”
Police said a major incident had been declared.
Images of a vehicle that was previously burned at the scene and later burned were shared on the internet.
Images of explosions and rising smoke outside the hospital were also shared with the participation of the bomb disposal teams.
Liverpool Women’s Hospital said visit access was restricted “until further notice” and patients were referred to other hospitals “where possible”.
“We are reviewing our patient activities for the next 24-48 hours, and patients should wait to be contacted for updates on scheduled appointments or other attendance at the hospital,” the hospital said in a statement.
“Our staff are allowed to leave and enter the hospital under the supervision of the Merseyside Police.
“We appreciate the cooperation and support of our patients, visitors, and staff affected by this incident, especially those on the scene at the time of the incident.”
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service fire chief Phil Garrigan said the car fire at Liverpool Women’s Hospital was “fully developed” when the two devices arrived shortly after 11am.
“Operations teams quickly put out the fire, but as the police chief repeated, there was one death,” he told reporters at the scene.
“Another person had left the vehicle before the fire got that big.
“Our thoughts are with them and the families of those involved.”