UK counterterrorism police arrest three after taxi explosion in Liverpool

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Counterterrorism officers arrested three men on Sunday after a vehicle exploded outside a hospital in the city of Liverpool, northern England, killing one and injuring another, police said.

A passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver was injured and was in hospital in stable condition, police said.

Counterterrorism officers said they were investigating the case with local police and keeping an open mind as to what happened.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his thoughts were with those affected and Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was kept regularly informed.

Three men – aged 29, 26 and 21 – were held in the Kensington neighborhood and arrested under the Terrorism Act, police said in a statement.

Police Chief Serena Kennedy said police were called to report a car explosion just before 11:00 GMT outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, just as a Remembrance Day service commemorated the dead war in nearby Liverpool Cathedral.

Police said they understood the car involved was an ataxi which pulled over at the hospital shortly before the explosion.

“Work is still in progress to establish what happened,” Kennedy told reporters.

“We are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the explosion, but given how it happened, out of caution, the Counter Terrorism Police are leading the investigation supported by the Merseyside Police.”

Police said the explosion had not been declared a terrorist incident at this point.

(REUTERS)

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