PM Boris Johnson sends message to Liverpool after deadly car explosion and terror arrests

The Prime Minister said his thoughts were with the city after the ‘awful’ incident.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson commended the swift action of Merseyside’s emergency services following a deadly car explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday.

One man died and another was injured in the blast at around 10:59 in the morning on Remembrance Day.

Three men - aged 29, 26 and 21 - were arrested under the Terrorism Act and are being held in relation to the incident.

Merseyside Police said that it is believed the car involved was a taxi. The driver was injured in the explosion and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A male passenger was declared dead at the scene and is yet to be formally identified.

Johnson reacted to the event with a message to the people of Merseyside and the emergency services.

“My thoughts are with all those affected by the awful incident in Liverpool today,” he tweeted.

“I want to thank the emergency services for their quick response and professionalism, and the police for their ongoing work on the investigation.”

The taxi on fire outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
The taxi on fire outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
The taxi on fire outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Merseyside Police immediately attended the incident, along with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Regional Ambulance Service.

A series of raids on houses in Rutland Avenue near Sefton Park and Boaler Street in Kensington took place a short while later.

The Home Office confirmed they are being led by Merseyside Police on the incident.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said on social media: “I am being kept regularly updated on the awful incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

“Our police and emergency services are working hard to establish what happened and it is right they are given the time and space to do so.”