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15th Nov 2021

Liverpool bomb declared a terrorist attack as police confirm fourth arrest

Kieran Galpin


The motivation has not yet been uncovered

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

A fourth man has now been arrested in connection with the taxi explosion that occurred at around 11 am on November 14, Greater Manchester Police confirmed.

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 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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