Liverpool: Anti-terrorist unit arrests 3 men after deadly car bomb


British counterterrorism police caught three suspects after a car exploded outside a hospital in Liverpool.

The men between the ages of 21 and 29 were arrested in the Kensington district “under the anti-terror law,” the police said on Sunday evening on the Internet service Twitter.

One person was killed and another injured in the morning explosion in front of a women’s clinic. The car – according to preliminary investigations a taxi – had exploded after it had stopped in front of the entrance to the hospital. “Because of the circumstances” of the incident, the anti-terror police had taken over the investigation.



A heavily armed police officer outside the Liverpool Women’s HospitalPhoto: Peter Byrne / dpa

According to the police, the fatality is a male occupant of the car who could not be identified at first. The driver of the car was injured and taken to hospital.

Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote on Twitter that she was regularly kept up to date on developments in the case. It is a “terrible incident”. “Our police and emergency services are working hard to find out what happened,” added Patel.

Police controls were set up around the site of the explosion and roads were closed. The police called on the population to remain “calm but vigilant”.

In the UK, Remembrance Day, the annual memorial service for those killed in the First and Second World Wars, was celebrated on Sunday. It is not clear whether there is a connection.

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