UK police arrest 3 following explosion near Liverpool hospital

The United Kingdom was rocked this weekend when an explosion near a Liverpool hospital wounded a taxi driver and left his passenger dead.

According to Breitbart, British authorities are now saying that a number of individuals have been taken into custody on charges related to terrorism. 

Early reports

Russ Jackson is the region’s top counterterrorism official, and he spoke to reporters about the incident on Monday.

According to the AFP, Jackson said the dead passenger is believed to have been carrying what news outlets described as a “homemade” bomb that was discovered by the taxi’s driver.

He added that the explosion occurred just prior to a Remembrance Sunday service, which was scheduled to begin at Liverpool Cathedral in honor of Britain’s war dead. An estimated 2,000 people were in attendance.

Investigation ongoing

Media reports indicated that friends of the taxi driver have said the passenger had asked to be dropped off at the church.

“We cannot at this time draw any connection with this, but it is a line of inquiry which we are pursuing,” Jackson said at a press conference, according to the AFP.

While the official stressed that “the motivation for this incident is yet to be understood,” he did acknowledge that it is being treated as a terrorist attack.

Arrests confirmed

Three men have since been arrested in connection with the explosion, police said. They were not identified by name.

For his part, the injured taxi driver has received praise from the likes of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said “it does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery,” according to the Daily Beast.

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson also hailed the driver during a BBC radio interview, calling his actions “heroic” and crediting him with having prevented “what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital,” as the Daily Beast reported.

The Liverpool bombing comes just one month after British lawmaker David Amess was stabbed to death inside of a Methodist church. Reuters reports that prosecutors contend the 25-year-old murder suspect is a supporter of the Islamic State (IS).

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