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15th Nov 2021

Liverpool bomb declared a terrorist attack as police confirm fourth arrest

Kieran Galpin

The motivation for the attack has not yet been uncovered.

The explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday has been declared a terrorist attack amid confirmation from Greater Manchester Police that a fourth arrest has been made.

A press conference on Monday morning confirmed that the situation that left one man dead and another injured had officially been declared a terrorist incident.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson from Counter Terrorism North West said that the hospital was in fact the target despite initial reports suggesting otherwise. Officials declared that the taxi fare was from Rutland Avenue, where police had cornered off the street, to the target location.

Though Remembrance Sunday services were happening nearby, police insisted that “we cannot at this time draw any connection with this but it is a line of inquiry we are pursuing”.

While three men aged 29, 26 and 21 were detained in Kensington on Sunday, a fourth man aged 2o was also arrested on Monday morning.

It is not yet clear what the motivation behind the attack was.

Taxi driver David Perry, in whose taxi the explosion took place, has been branded a hero for his efforts, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrating his “incredible presence of mind and bravery”.

His wife posted about the incident on Facebook, saying: “There are a lot of rumours flying round about him being a hero and locking the passenger inside the car. But the truth of the matter is, he is without doubt, lucky to be alive.

“The explosion happened whilst he was in the car and how he managed to escape is an utter miracle. He certainly had some guardian angels looking over him.”

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