Three individuals have been arrested by counter-terror police following a deadly automobile explosion outdoors a Liverpool hospital.
The boys are aged 29, 26, and 21 in accordance with police and had been detained within the Kensington space of Liverpool earlier than being arrested underneath the Terrorism Act, in reference to the explosion.
“Detectives from Counter Terrorism Police North West proceed to maintain an open thoughts about the reason for the explosion and are working intently with colleagues at Merseyside Police because the investigation continues at tempo,” the police assertion added.
Merseyside Police stated officers had been known as to Liverpool Ladies’s Hospital at 10.59am on Sunday. Photos shared on-line confirmed a automobile on hearth and later burnt out, with smoke billowing over the constructing.
Armed police had been pictured outdoors a home within the metropolis following the explosion.
“Sadly, we will affirm that one particular person has died and one other has been taken to hospital the place he’s being handled for his accidents, which fortunately aren’t life-threatening,” the power stated.
A later assertion confirmed that the deceased was a passenger within the automobile, and that the motive force was injured and stays in hospital in a secure situation.
“So we far we perceive that the automobile concerned was a taxi which pulled up on the hospital shortly earlier than the explosion occurred,” the assertion added.
Counter-terrorism officers are main the investigation “out of warning” however detectives stated they’re protecting an “open thoughts” over the trigger.
The hospital stated visiting was being restricted till additional discover, with sufferers diverted to different hospitals the place doable.
“Sufferers ought to wait to be contacted for updates about any deliberate appointments or different attendance on the hospital,” it added.
An announcement stated ambulances had been nonetheless arriving and that workers may depart and enter “underneath the supervision of the police”.
I’m being saved often up to date on the terrible incident at Liverpool Ladies’s Hospital.
Our police and emergency companies are working arduous to ascertain what occurred and it’s proper they’re given the time and area to take action.
Please comply with @MerseyPolice for updates.
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) November 14, 2021
Phil Garrigan, chief hearth officer of Merseyside Hearth and Rescue Service, stated the blaze was “totally developed” when his crews arrived and that the injured particular person had escaped earlier than it took maintain.
He advised reporters: “The operational crews extinguished the fireplace quickly however as has been reiterated by the police chief constable, there was one fatality.
“One other particular person had left the automobile previous to the fireplace growing to the extent that it did.”
Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson described the incident as “unsettling and upsetting”.
“My ideas are with these affected,” she tweeted. “I would prefer to thank the emergency companies for his or her swift response and for bringing calm to the state of affairs.”
House Secretary Priti Patel posted to say she was being “often up to date” on the “terrible incident”.
“Our police and emergency companies are working arduous to ascertain what occurred and it’s proper they’re given the time and area to take action,” she added.
A cordon and street closures have been put in place whereas police study the scene.