Gus Carter

Liverpool terror attack: what we know so far

Liverpool terror attack: what we know so far
Text settings

Britain has been subjected to another terror attack, just as the nation fell silent for yesterday's annual Remembrance Sunday memorial. An explosion occurred in a taxi outside the Liverpool Women's Hospital on Sunday morning, killing the passenger and leaving the driver in hospital. Police have now confirmed that the incident is being treated as a terror attack. 

Reports suggest that the driver, David Perry, noticed that his passenger had a device and locked himself in the car alongside the bomber. The as-yet-unnamed passenger was declared dead at the scene. Boris Johnson has hailed Mr Perry's 'incredible presence of mind and bravery'. He was discharged from hospital last night after receiving treatment for cuts and burns as well as stitches to his ear. 

The explosion, reported to police at 10.59 a.m., occurred less than a five minute drive from Liverpool Cathedral where around 2,000 people had gathered for the city's main memorial service. However, police said in a press conference this morning that the hospital had been the target. There were reports from friends of Mr Perry last night that the passenger had initially asked to be taken to the Remembrance Sunday event but had changed destination mid-journey. 

Counter Terrorism Police North West last night detained three men, aged 21, 26 and 29, in connection with the explosion. A fourth man was arrested this morning. The Liverpool Echo has reported that police negotiators were seen entering a cordon just to the north of Sefton Park, near where Mr Perry had collected the passenger. It has not yet been confirmed whether this incident is connected to the explosion outside the Women's Hospital.