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Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack

Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack An explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday has been declared a terror incident by police.

A taxi exploded and was engulfed in flames just before 11:00 GMT at a drop-off zone near the entrance  killing the passenger and injuring the driver who has been named locally as David Perry.

The passenger is not believed to have been known to MI5  according to  OUR security correspondent Gordon Corera.

The UK terror threat level has been raised to severe.

Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack andHome Secretary Priti Patel said it had been raised from substantial to severe  meaning an attack is highly likely  because the explosion in Liverpool was the second incident in a month. Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack

Four men have been arrested in the city under the Terrorism Act.

Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North West  Russ Jackson  said the taxi passenger appeared to have made an  improvised explosive device  which caused the blast.

He said police knew the identity of the attacker but would not confirm it at this stage.

The man’s motivation was  yet to be understood   Assistant Chief Constable Jackson added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson  who chaired an emergency Cobra meeting earlier in response to the explosion  described it as a  sickening attack .

He said it was a  stark reminder for all of us to remain vigilant   but added  the British people will never be cowed by terrorism .

Mr Jackson said he understood Delta Taxis driver Mr Perry picked up a passenger in Rutland Avenue  near Sefton Park  on Sunday Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack

 The fare – a man – had asked to be taken to Liverpool Women’s Hospital  which was about 10 minutes away   he added.

 Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack As the taxi approached the drop-off point at the hospital an explosion occurred from within the car. This quickly engulfed it in flames.

 Remarkably the taxi driver escaped from the cab.

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Mr Jackson said the taxi driver had been released from hospital after being treated for his injuries.

Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack He said police were  aware there were Remembrance events just a short distance away from the hospital and that the ignition occurred shortly before 11am .

 We cannot at this time draw any connection with this but it is a line of inquiry we are pursuing   he added. Police said a fourth man  aged 20  was arrested earlier in the Kensington area of the city and was in custody.

Three other men – aged 21  26 and 29 – were detained on Sunday in Sutcliffe Street in Kensington.

Mr Jackson said the arrested men were believed to be  associates  of the taxi passenger.

He said officers were looking at the man’s associates  his telephone records and purchases he may have made.

All four men in custody will be interviewed later by counter-terrorism detectives. The rise in the threat level is not based on specific intelligence of an ongoing threat in Liverpool.

Rather it is based on an overall assessment by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. and Women’s Hospital explosion declared dangerous terror attack

They have looked at the fact that there have been two incidents in the last month – the killing of Sir David Amess MP and now Liverpool – and judged that the overall picture has changed.

It is not totally clear what the cause is – some speculate about people being inspired by international events  others wonder if it is to do with people emerging out of lockdown after having been radicalised online.

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Officers are searching two addresses – one in Sutcliffe Street and a second at Rutland Avenue where  significant items  have been found  police said.

A cordon is in place at both locations and eight families have been evacuated from their homes.

Mr Jackson said police had  attributed  the taxi passenger to both the addresses but were uncertain which one he lived at.

Neighbour Sharon Cullen said she was evacuated from her home near Sutcliffe Street by officers telling her  whatever is going on at the back of the house  it could blow the block .The home secretary said the explosion had a  very significant impact across the community  in Liverpool and her thoughts were with people in the city.

She said the government would  continue to work with everyone when it comes to the security of our country and making sure that we’re taking all the necessary steps required .

Assessments of threat levels are taken by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC)  part of MI5  which makes recommendations independently from the government.

A severe threat is classed as an attack on the UK being  highly likely  and is the second highest alert below critical  which means an attack is  highly likely in the near future .click here

People are being allowed in and out of Liverpool Women’s Hospital but officers could be seen at the entrance to the building and were stopping cars for checks as they entered the car park.

Patients have been told to attend appointments as normal but visiting arrangements have been restricted until further notice  a hospital spokesman said.

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