Nov 15, 2021 - World

U.K. counterterrorism police arrest 3 after Liverpool taxi explosion

A police officer standing guard near the bomb site in Liverpool on Nov. 15.

A police officer standing guard near the bombing site in Liverpool on Nov. 15. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Police in the United Kingdom arrested three men under the country's Terrorism Act after a car explosion outside a women's hospital in Liverpool killed at least one person and wounded another, Merseyside Police announced Sunday.

Details: A taxi carrying one passenger pulled up to the hospital Sunday and exploded just as the U.K.'s two-minute silence was set to begin on Remembrance Sunday, according to the BBC.

  • Police declared the passenger, who has yet to be identified, dead on the scene. The driver of the taxi was injured but is in stable condition in a hospital.

The big picture: Police said the three men were arrested in the Kensington area of the city and are being held in custody while authorities investigate the bombing.

What they're saying: “While I understand that today’s incident may cause concern in our communities, it should be pointed out that events of this nature are very rare," Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said in a statement.

  • “Merseyside Police will continue to liaise with community groups, community leaders, partner agencies and individuals in the coming days and weeks to make sure any concerns are addressed and ensuring that we provide the best possible service to local people," Kennedy added.
  • “There will also be an increased and visible police presence on the streets of Merseyside and I would encourage people to engage with my officers and raise any concerns they may have."
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