Liverpool explosion declared terrorist incident as police investigate poppy day link

Police have said that yesterday’s explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital. “has been declared a terrorist incident” but that its motivation is “yet to be understood”.

Three men were arrested under the Terrorism Act yesterday, after one man was killed in a car.

A fourth man has since been arrested in connection with the blast.

Merseyside Police said a taxi carrying a sole passenger pulled up at the hospital moments before 11:00AM, when the two minutes’ silence for Remembrance Sunday was set to begin, and exploded.

The site is close to Liverpool cathedral, where the Remembrance Sunday service was ongoing.

Police said a potential connection with remembrance events were a line of inquiry.

The passenger was declared dead at the scene.

The taxi driver David Perry was injured and remains in a stable condition.

There are reports, not yet confirmed by police, that Perry had realised that the passenger was in possession of a bomb and locked him in the car before it detonated.

People were evacuated from their houses on Rutland Avenue in the city as police continued their investigations into the night.