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Liverpool Terror Attack: Liverpool Women's Hospital Featured On One Born Every Minute

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Liverpool Terror Attack: Liverpool Women's Hospital Featured On One Born Every Minute

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The target of a terror attack in Liverpool this weekend also featured on One Born Every Minute.

On Sunday, a taxi exploded outside Liverpool Women's Hospital, located in the city. The driver of the vehicle, Dave Perry, has been praised for his brave actions, after reports that he was able to flee the vehicle before locking the doors.

The hospital regularly features in popular maternity show One Born Every Minute, which follows parents welcoming their new babies into the world.

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The hospital features on One Born Every Minute (Credit: Channel 4)
The hospital features on One Born Every Minute (Credit: Channel 4)

It specialises in the health of women and their babies and is the largest women's hospital of its kind in Europe, delivering around 8,000 babies every year.

One Born Every Minute has filmed many episodes at the hospital, including the story of a hospital staff member who gave birth herself to twins.

It has now been confirmed that the hospital was the target of the explosion which took place on Sunday.

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Three men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act in connection to the explosion which killed the passenger and injured the driver of the vehicle.

The target of a terror attack in Liverpool this weekend also featured on One Born Every Minute (Credit: Alamy)
The target of a terror attack in Liverpool this weekend also featured on One Born Every Minute (Credit: Alamy)

The men - aged 29, 26 and 21 - were detained in the early hours of Monday morning. In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson of Counter Terrorism North West, said: "The investigation into the explosion at the Liverpool Women's Hospital, led by Counter Terrorism Policing is continuing at pace.

"The circumstances, as we understand them to be, are that yesterday shortly before 11am, a local taxi driver picked up a fare in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool.

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"The fare, a man, had asked to be taken to the Liverpool Women's Hospital which was about 10 minutes away. As the taxi approached the drop off point at the hospital, an explosion occurred from within car, which quickly engulfed it in flames.

"Remarkably, the taxi driver, escaped from the cab. He has been treated for the injuries he sustained and has now been released from hospital.

"Emergency services quickly attended the scene and Merseyside Fire and Rescue put out the fire following which it quickly became apparent that the passenger remained in the vehicle and was deceased."

He continued: "Following discussions with Ordinance Disposal Officers, we are able to confirm that this is being treated as the ignition of an explosive device.

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"Our enquiries also indicate that the device was brought into the cab by the passenger. We believe we know the identity of the passenger but cannot confirm this at this time.

Police have said the hospital was the target (Credit: Alamy)
Police have said the hospital was the target (Credit: Alamy)

"... It is not clear what the motivation for this incident is.

"Our enquiries indicate that an improvised explosive device has been manufactured and our assumption so far is that this was built by the passenger in the taxi.

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"The reason why he then took it to the Women's Hospital is unknown, as is the reason for its sudden explosion.

"We are of course aware that there were remembrance events just a short distance away from the Hospital and that the ignition occurred shortly before 11am.

"We cannot at this time draw any connection with this but it is a line of inquiry we are pursuing.

"Although, the motivation for this incident is yet to be understood, given all the circumstances, it has been declared a terrorist incident and Counter Terrorism Policing are continuing with the investigation."

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Topics: News

Lucy Devine
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