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Global Statistics

All countries
332,001,132
Confirmed
Updated on January 18, 2022 2:15 pm
All countries
267,122,013
Recovered
Updated on January 18, 2022 2:15 pm
All countries
5,565,957
Deaths
Updated on January 18, 2022 2:15 pm

Taxi driver hailed as hero as British police treat hospital car explosion as suspected terrorist incident

London – A possible terrorist attack was prevented on Sunday by a heroic taxi driver in the northern English city of Liverpool. Video shows the moment a taxi pulled up at a hospital in the English city and exploded in a fireball. It was revealed Monday that the driver’s swift action may have prevented a more serious tragedy.

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the taxi driver on Monday for his courage and intelligence, and the Mayor of Liverpool said the driver had heroically prevented what could have been a “terrible catastrophe”, after apparently realizing it. passenger’s suspicious behavior and locked the man in his car.

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Smoke rises as a vehicle catches fire outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, in Liverpool, England, following an explosion on November 14, 2021.

Carl Bessant via Reuters


The good news is that the taxi driver survived with relatively minor injuries. Security camera video posted online by Liverpool echo newspapers appeared to show the taxi pulled up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital just before the massive explosion in the car. The driver jumped out just before the taxi caught fire. Police have confirmed that the suspected terrorist in the vehicle was killed.

Car explosion scene at Liverpool Women's Hospital in Liverpool
A police officer stands guard near the site of a car explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, November 15, 2021.

PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS


It was not clear as of Monday morning what the motivation for the attack was.

Officials said investigations indicated that an improvised explosive device was involved, and it was their assumption “that it was made by passengers.”

The British government raised the national threat level from terrorism to severe from a substantial previous level on Monday after the explosion, meaning officials believe a new attack is highly likely. The Minister of Home Affairs, Priti Patel, confirmed the change in the threat level.

British media reports referred to the quick-thinking taxi driver as David Perry. CBS News could not immediately confirm details of his actions, but remarkably, he is said to have suffered only minor injuries in the blast, including cuts and a ruptured eardrum.

The incident took place near Liverpool’s cathedral, where a service was held on Sunday in memory of the soldiers who died from the two world wars. More than 1,000 people attended the service, but police said they could not confirm reports that a suspected terror attack might have been originally planned against the memorial.

Police officers stand guard outside a house in Liverpool’s Kensington area, England, where counterterrorism officers arrested men after a vehicle exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, on November 15, 2021.

PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS


Police arrested four people in connection with the terrorist incident. Britain’s national counterintelligence agency MI5 is assisting with the investigation, and several addresses around the city were still being searched on Monday.

The four arrested since then are released from custody, police said on Monday night.

“After interviews with the people who were arrested, we are satisfied with the accounts they provided and they have been released from police custody,” Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson also said law enforcement had a “much greater” understanding of the component parts of explosive devices, how they were obtained, and how they might be assembled.

“The investigation continues to move quickly with the investigative team working through the night,” Jackson said.

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