This Sunday, November 15, an unidentified man tried to detonate a bomb at a women’s hospital in Liverpool.
According to authorities, Mr David Perry , the taxi driver upon seeing the bomb, locked the passenger door, preventing the terrorist from entering the hospital, the bomb’s detonator exploded.
The terrorist died on the spot, and the taxi driver was injured, without risk of death, and taken to hospital.
“The passenger – asked to be taken to Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which was about 10 minutes away,” said delegate ACC Jackson.
“As the taxi approached the delivery point at the hospital, there was an explosion from inside the car.
“That quickly engulfed him in flames.”
ACC Jackson continued: “We are … aware that Remembrance events occurred a short distance from the hospital and that ignition occurred just before 11:00 am.
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“We cannot, at this point, establish any connection with this, but it is a line of investigation we are pursuing.”
“Our inquiries indicate that it was a handcrafted bomb and we assume that it was mounted by the passenger inside the taxi,” explained Jackson.
The delegate also announced that in addition to the three suspects arrested yesterday in a Liverpool neighborhood, there is a fourth person arrested for their possible connection with the attack.
He also clarified that it is still unknown if the purpose was the hospital or if there is any connection with an event that was held in the city for the Remembrance Day of the Fallen in the Wars.
Local police explained that they received an alert around 11:00 am, and that they intervened quickly.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his support “for all those affected by the terrible incident in Liverpool”.
“I want to thank the emergency services for their speed of intervention and professionalism, and the police for their continued investigative work,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
The area was sealed off by security services and traffic was stopped near the explosion site.
According to images published in local media, thick gray smoke was visible near the hospital.
Authorities said investigations will continue to seek to understand how the device was constructed, the motivation for the incident and whether someone else was involved in it.
“We understand that this news will be of interest to the people of Liverpool and Merseyside and the rest of the UK, but it is a reminder that the threat of terrorism remains significant.”
“The police, with all our partners, will continue to work hard to protect the UK and keep the public safe, but the fight against terrorism also requires support from every corner of our society.
“We have been saying for many years that communities defeat terrorism and the help and support we receive from the public is a vital part of that. Therefore, we ask everyone to remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, report it confidentially to the police via the anti-terror hotline or gov.uk/ACT. It won’t ruin lives, but it might as well save them.
“Anyone with any information should call 0161 856 1027 citing the Liverpool Womens Hospital incident.
“Details can be passed on to the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”
Mr Perry has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday morning that it appeared Mr Perry had acted with “incredible presence of mind and bravery”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson also praised his actions.
“The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital,” she said.
“Our thanks go to him and our emergency services, and authorities have worked through the night to divert anything further, and we’ve all been on standby and in constant contact to provide any support that’s needed.”
She added: “Well, we knew that the taxi driver had stood out and locked the doors, we knew that early on.”