What we know so far about the Liverpool terror attack

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    he explosion in a taxi outside a hospital in Liverpool has been declared a terrorist attack and the suspect killed in the blast has been named.

    Here is everything we know so far:

    – The explosion happened inside a taxi outside the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool moments before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

    Emergency services were on the scene within minutes and one man, the passenger in the taxi, was pronounced dead.

    – The passenger was later named by counter-terror police as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.

    – The driver of the taxi, named locally as David Perry, was injured but managed to escape and has since been released from hospital.

    – He picked up the passenger in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool, roughly a 10-minute drive from Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, from Counter Terrorism Policing North West.

    – Officers said an explosion came from within the car as it approached the drop-off point.

    Police have declared the event a “terrorist incident” and said the proximity in location and time to Remembrance services was a “line of inquiry”, though officers cannot draw a connection “at this time”.

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    – The UK terror threat level was raised to severe in the wake of the incident, meaning an attack is highly likely.

    – Officers say “inquiries indicate that an improvised explosive device had been manufactured” and were working under the assumption the passenger built it in the taxi.

    – The suspect is understood to be of Middle Eastern origin and reportedly settled in Britain several years ago.

    – According to reports, Al Swealmeen converted to Christianity after moving to the UK from the Middle East.

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