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Taxi Explodes Outside Liverpool Hospital, Killing One

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A taxi exploded outdoors a hospital in Liverpool, England, on Sunday morning, killing one particular person and injuring one other, the authorities mentioned.

The explanation for the explosion was not instantly clear. Counter Terrorism Policing North West, a part of a nationwide alliance of police forces, said it was leading the investigation with help from the Merseyside Police in Liverpool.

At about 11 a.m. native time, the police responded to experiences {that a} taxi had pulled up outdoors Liverpool Women’s Hospital and exploded, the Merseyside Police mentioned in an announcement.

“Work is still ongoing to establish what has happened and could take some time before we’re in a position to confirm anything,” Chief Constable Serena Kennedy of the Merseyside Police advised reporters on Sunday.

Ms. Kennedy mentioned the authorities have been “keeping an open mind” as they investigated.

Given the circumstances of how the explosion occurred, she added, Britain’s Counter Terrorism Policing would lead the investigation. Britain’s dwelling secretary, Priti Patel, said on Twitter that she was receiving common updates “on the awful incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.”

Information about the one who was killed within the explosion was not instantly obtainable.

A second sufferer, a person, was hospitalized with accidents that the authorities mentioned weren’t life-threatening. Phil Garrigan, the chief fireplace officer of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, advised reporters on Sunday that the person “had left the vehicle prior to the fire developing to the extent that it did.”

The fireplace from the explosion was extinguished rapidly, Chief Garrigan mentioned.

Access to the hospital, the authorities mentioned, could be restricted “until further notice,” and a few sufferers have been diverted to different hospitals. Ambulances have been nonetheless being allowed entry to the hospital for emergencies, and workers members have been being escorted into and out of the constructing by the authorities.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, mentioned in a statement that “the incident at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital is unsettling and upsetting and my thoughts are with those affected.”