Nov. 15 (News) – British authorities said Monday that a taxi that exploded in Liverpool, killing at least one person, was a terrorist attack.
The explosion occurred in front of a hospital in Liverpool on Sunday, police said after a passenger took an improvised explosive device into the taxi.
According to the investigators, four men were arrested and “important items” were found at two addresses searched by the police. The man who is said to have carried the explosives was arrested on Monday.
Taxi driver David Perry escaped the explosion and was briefly hospitalized. Authorities said one person was killed.
The motive for the incident remains unclear.
“Our police and emergency services are working hard to find out what happened and it is right that they are given the time and space to do so,” tweeted Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary.
A large area near the hospital was cordoned off after the attack and several addresses were evacuated as a precaution.
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said that such explosions were “very rare” and urged the public to avoid speculation.
“There will also be an increased and visible police presence on the streets of Merseyside and I encourage people to engage with my officers and voice their concerns,” Kennedy said in a tweet. “We will endeavor to update our communities as soon as possible.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that his thoughts were with those involved in the “terrible incident” and Liverpool Mayoress Joanne Anderson called the explosion “troubling”.