Liverpool Women’s Hospital: Three terrorist arrests after man dies in taxi explosion | UK news

Three people were arrested under the terrorism law after a passenger died in the explosion of a taxi in front of Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

The men, aged 29, 26 and 21, were detained in the Kensington area of ​​the city and detained under the Terrorism Act, police said.

Police said a street in Toxteth was cordoned off by armed police on Sunday and some people were evicted from their homes as part of “ongoing investigations into the car explosion”.

A fire brigade was on standby outside the cordon that remained in place in the early hours of Monday. It was seen that the officers wearing vests with the inscription “Negotiator” had entered the cordon before.

Investigators believe the explosion, which occurred shortly before 11:00 am Sunday, when the Memorial Silence begins, is unlikely to be caused by a malfunction in the vehicle. The flames quickly spread and turned the taxi into a fireball.

The taxi driver, who managed to escape before the flames spread, was not arrested. Police said his condition is stable and he is in the hospital.

As the explosion occurred outside the hospital’s main entrance, police are trying to determine if the explosion was intentional and if there was any sense on the ground. The site is also not far from Liverpool cathedral, where the city’s Sunday Commemoration takes place.

Police are working to ascertain the identity of the deceased and any associations that could shed light on the explosion.

The investigation is led by counter-terrorism police assisted by MI5, which has a leading role in developing intelligence for counter-terrorism.

“We are conducting the investigation with the support of Merseyside police and are open-minded about what caused the explosion. We are working quickly to try and determine the circumstances behind this, and will update when the time comes,” Northwest counter-terrorism police said in a statement.

of Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson, told the story He described it as “disturbing and distressing” while thanking the emergency services for their quick response.

Police were called after reports of a car explosion outside the hospital in the city center at 10:59 am on Sunday morning. Photos of a burning car spread quickly on social media and it was reported that the police, fire and ambulance service were present, as well as the bomb squad.

“Unfortunately, we can confirm that one person died and another person was hospitalized and treated for his injuries, which thankfully were not life-threatening,” Merseyside police said.

“So far, we understand that the vehicle involved in the incident was a taxi that approached the hospital shortly before the explosion.

“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.”

Boris Johnson said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by the horrific incident in Liverpool today. I want to thank the emergency services for their prompt response and professionalism, and the police for their continued work on the investigation.”

It appears that the three arrests took place around Boaler Street in the Kensington area. The PA news agency reported that locals reported that armed officers raided a terrace house on Sutcliffe Street on Boaler Street in the afternoon and arrested a suspect. While parts of Boaler Street and Sutcliffe Street are cordoned off, there is a busy police at the scene as the investigation continues.

A similar police scene took place on Rutland Avenue in Sefton Park, and counterterrorism officers were seen in the neighborhood. Locals said that police arrived around 1 am as police continued to guard a terraced property as the immediate area was cordoned off.

geolocation map

Merseyside police chief Serena Kennedy later reassured him about the incident. He said: “While I understand that today’s event may cause concern in our societies, it should be noted that such incidents are very rare.

“Merseyside police will continue to engage with community groups, community leaders, partner organizations and individuals over the coming days and weeks to ensure any concerns are addressed and ensure we provide the best possible service to the local community.

“There will also be an increased and visible police presence on the streets of Merseyside and I encourage people to contact my officers and raise any concerns they may have.” He urged people not to speculate about what happened.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital said visit access was restricted “until further notice” and patients were referred to other hospitals “where possible”.

Carl Bessant, whose partner had a new baby, was inside the hospital at the time of the explosion. He told the BBC: “We were very close and he was feeding the baby when this happened. We heard a loud noise and we looked out the window. We saw the car was on fire and someone was running out… she screamed and there was someone in the car.”

“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 Merseyside police. Thank you for the cooperation and support of our patients, visitors and staff who were affected by this incident, especially the staff who were at the scene at the time of the incident.”

Merseyside fire and rescue service fire chief Phil Garrigan said the car fire was “fully developed” when the two appliances arrived shortly after 11am.

“Operations teams quickly extinguished the fire, but as the chief of police repeated, there was one death. Another person had left the vehicle before the fire had escalated. Our thoughts are with them and the families of those involved,” he told reporters at the scene.

The vehicle is burning outside the hospital.
The vehicle is burning outside the hospital. Photo: Twitter

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “I am regularly informed about the horrific incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Our police and emergency services are working hard to determine what happened, and it’s just right to give them the time and place to do it.”

Cords remained in place, along with some roads being closed on Sunday evening.

The UK’s terror threat level remains at “significant”, meaning an attack is likely.

In October, Conservative MP Sir David Amess was killed in an alleged terror attack while performing his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. A man has been charged with his murder and will be tried next March.

Counterterrorism officials say most of the intrigues they thwart are motivated by a violent extremist Islamist ideology, with the next category being those motivated by far-right beliefs.