Hospital explosion declared terror attack as homemade bomb blows up taxi

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Police have declared the Liverpool Women's Hospital explosion as a terror attack after a "homemade bomb" blew up a taxi.

During a press conference on Monday morning, Merseyside Police revealed they believe that the passenger was responsible for the explosive device, but that motives are still unclear.

Russ Jackson, head of counter terrorism policing north west, said: “The circumstances, as we understand them to be, are that yesterday shortly before 11am, a local taxi driver picked up a fare in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool.

“The fare, a man, had asked to be taken to the Liverpool Women’s Hospital which was about 10 minutes away. As the taxi approached the drop off point at the hospital, an explosion occurred from within car, which quickly engulfed it in flames.

“Remarkably, the taxi driver, escaped from the cab. He has been treated for the injuries he sustained and has now been released from hospital.

“Following discussions with Ordinance Disposal Officers, we are able to confirm that this is being treated as the ignition of an explosive device.”

He added: “Our enquiries indicate that an improvised explosive device has been manufactured and our assumption so far is that this was built by the passenger in the taxi.”

Jackson continued on to say that although no link has yet been found between the attack and Remembrance Sunday, a connection has not yet been ruled out and investigators are looking in to it.

Police revealed that a fourth man has been arrested in connection to the attack.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, from Counter-terrorism Policing North West, told a press conference: “A short while ago, again in the Kensington area, a further man aged 20 was arrested under S41 of the Terrorism Act.

This comes as counter terror police earlier announced that three people, aged 29, 26 and 21, had been arrested in the Kensington area of the city in connection with the blast.

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