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Explosion outside UK hospital declared terrorist incident, several arrested

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The explosion of a car outside a hospital in Liverpool, England, which killed one person and injured another on Sunday was declared a terrorist incident, police said.

Highlights

The incident, which took place around 10:59 a.m. local time, involved a taxi pulling up outside the downtown women’s hospital before explode, said local Merseyside police in a declaration.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident, police noted Monday.

The taxi passenger, who is the police identified as Emad Al Swealmeen, was killed while the driver, David Perry, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and fired, according to the BBC.

Police said at a press conference on Monday, they believe the passenger – that they later appointed as Al Swealmeen, 32 – brought an explosive device into the cabin which suddenly detonated.

Perry got out of the car and locked the doors before the explosion, and was credited for averting a “terrible disaster” through his “heroic efforts”.

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson tweeted Sunday that the incident was “disturbing and upsetting”, but thanked the emergency services for their “rapid response”.

Key context

Liverpool Women’s Hospital is the largest of its kind in Europe, says UK National health service, with the BBC reporting that it treats around 50,000 patients each year. The identity of Sunday’s death has yet to be released, and police said on Sunday it “may take some time” before they can confirm anything.

Tangent

After the explosion, the United Kingdom raised its threat level from “substantial” to “serious”, indicating that an attack is considered “very likely”.

Further reading

Live updates as terror stops city from rocking after hospital car explosion“(Echo of Liverpool)

Liverpool explosion: what we know so far” (BBC News)

Liverpool explosion live: terrorist incident reported after taxi exploded outside hospital“(The independent)

British police say a passenger loaded an explosive device into a Liverpool taxi“(Reuters)

Car explosion declared “terrorist incident” by UK police(NBC News)

Terrorist incident in Liverpool caused by man bringing explosive device into taxi, police say“(CNN)

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