the explosion of a taxi in Liverpool described as a “terrorist act” by the police

The explosion of a taxi on Sunday November 14 in front of a women’s hospital in Liverpool, in the north of England, was described on Monday as “Terrorist incident”. The anti-terrorism police in charge of the investigation specified that the motivations of this act “Remained to be determined”.

The explosion, which left one dead and one injured, came as the UK commemorates the victims of wars on ‘Remembrance Sunday’. It occurred just before 11 a.m. (noon in France), when the nation was silently praying, a few hundred yards from Liverpool Cathedral where hundreds of soldiers, veterans and members of the public were gathered for a tribute.

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As part of the investigation, three men – aged 29, 26 and 21 – were arrested in the Kensington area of ​​Liverpool under the Terrorism Act, police said on Sunday evening. At a press conference, Russ Jackson, in charge of the region’s counterterrorism police, added that a fourth man, aged 20, was arrested on Monday (November 15) and that the homemade bomb that had exploded in the taxi, setting it on fire, had been “Manufactured” and brought into the vehicle by the passenger.

The driver hailed as a “hero”

Injured in the explosion, the taxi driver was described as “Hero” by politicians and tabloids who claimed it had averted deaths. “This is an ongoing investigation so I cannot comment on the details or say exactly what type of incident this is.” (…) but it seems that the taxi driver in question behaved with incredible presence of mind and bravery ”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday during a visit to a London medical center.

According to The Daily Mail, the driver noticed that his passenger looked « suspect » and locked him in the taxi, before escaping. He was injured in the explosion and the passenger, who was not formally identified, died, police said. “The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, managed to avoid what could have been an absolutely horrific disaster at the hospital”, Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson told the BBC, confirming he had “Locked the doors” of the vehicle.

The counterterrorism police are in charge of the investigation with, according to the BBC, the support of the intelligence service MI5.


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