Liverpool hospital explosion: One person dead as terror police lead investigation into car blast

TERROR cops are investigating after a person was killed and a second left seriously injured in a taxi blast outside a hospital today.

The bomb squad swooped on Liverpool Women's Hospital at 11am today as the nation fell silent on Remembrance Sunday.

Horrified witnesses reported hearing a "loud bang" and seeing "dark smoke" as a car exploded in the car park.

Merseyside Police have now confirmed one person has died and a man is being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

No further details on the victims have been released.

Counter-terrorism officers are investigating "out of caution" but police say the horror has not been declared a terrorist incident.

It is unclear whether the probe is focused on the fact the blast happened at the same time as Remembrance services were taking place across the country.

Officers confirmed the taxi had pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion.

Dramatic pictures showed a car – believed to be the taxi – on fire in the car park just inches from other parked vehicles.

Another showed the shell of the car after it exploded in a fireball.

A Royal Logistic Corps army vehicle was seen at the scene today as the tragedy unfolded.

Merseyside Police are now urging the public to remain calm but vigilant.

A statement said: "Unfortunately, we can confirm that one person has died and another has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, which thankfully are not life threatening.

"So far we understand that the car involved was a taxi which pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred. 

"Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything.

"We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the explosion but given how it has happened, out of caution, Counter Terrorism Police are leading the investigation supported by Merseyside Police.

"The emergency services have well-rehearsed plans for dealing with major incidents. Our response is ongoing at the hospital and will be for some time. Cordons are in place, and there are some road closures. 

"This has not been declared a terrorist incident at this stage although out of caution CT detectives are leading as we try to understand the circumstances behind the explosion"

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