Liverpool hospital explosion: three arrested under Terror act after fatal car blast

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    hree men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after a car explosion at a hospital killed one person and injured another.

    Merseyside Police were called to reports of a blast involving a vehicle – believed to be a taxi – at Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 10.59am on Sunday.

    Counter Terrorism Police North West said three men – aged 29, 26, and 21 – were detained in the Kensington area of the city and arrested under the Terrorism Act in connection with the incident.

    Merseyside Police were called to reports of a blast involving a vehicle – believed to be a taxi – at Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 10.59am on Sunday.

    Officers along with crews from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Regional Ambulance Service attended the city centre site.

    One person died while a male casualty was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

    An area has been cordoned off (Peter Byrne/PA) / PA Wire

    A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “So far we understand that the car involved was a taxi which pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred.

    “Work is still going on to establish what has happened and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything.

    “We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the explosion, but given how it has happened – out of caution – counter terrorism police are leading the investigation supported by Merseyside Police.

    “Our response is ongoing at the hospital and will be for some time. Cordons are in place, and there are some road closures.”

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