LONDON (AP) – British police on Sunday arrested three men under terrorism laws after a car exploded outside a Liverpool hospital, killing one man and injuring another.
Counter-terrorism police said the three men, aged 21 to 29, were detained in the Kensington area of the north-west England city under the Terrorism Act.
The police also cordoned off another residential street in the city. They did not disclose the details of the operation.
Police were called on Sunday morning to report an explosion involving a taxi at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The photos showed a burning vehicle near the hospital’s main entrance.
Merseyside police said in a statement that the vehicle, a taxi, “stopped at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred. Work is still underway to establish what happened and it may take some time before we are able to confirm anything ”.
The male passenger in the car died and the driver was treated for minor injuries, police said.
The blast occurred just before 11 am on Remembrance Sunday, the time when people across Britain stop in memory of the fallen in war.
Police said the blast had not been declared a terrorist attack and that they were keeping an open mind on the cause, but counter-terrorism police were conducting the investigation.
Britain’s Interior Minister, Interior Minister Priti Patel, said he was “kept regularly updated on the horrific incident”.
Liverpool Women’s Hospital said it immediately restricted access to visits until further notice and diverted patients to other hospitals “where possible”.
Firefighters said they quickly put out the car fire and one person had left the car before the fire “developed to the extent it did.”