The UK police said they did arrested three men under the Terrorists Act on a car bomb attack in Liverpool on Sunday that killed one person and left another seriously injured.
The Counter Terrorism Police North West – which co-ordinates anti-terrorist activities in northwestern England – said they had arrested 29, 26 and 21-year-old men in the Kensington area of Liverpool in connection with an explosion in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s. Hospital at 10.59am Sunday.
However, police confirmed that they had a clear idea of what had happened and that it was not described as a terrorist attack.
The blast killed the occupant of the vehicle, police said. They added that the driver was injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.
The blast came as people around the UK were about to remain silent for two minutes at 11am on Sunday to commemorate those killed in the war.
Police say they have not yet officially identified the deceased.
The Merseyside police were he said earlier they believed the car was hit by a taxi, which came out of the hospital just before the explosion.
Photographs of the scene showed a car on fire and smoke rising from the roof of the hospital, next to Liverpool City Center. Pictures were also posted of a vehicle belonging to the British Army’s Royal Logistics Corps.
The arrest took place at an address on Boaler Street, near the hospital.
Police can register to detain suspects arrested under the Terrorism Act for up to 14 days before being prosecuted.
The arrests come less than a month after UK police witnessed a previous incident – the assassination of David Amess, a Conservative member of parliament in Southend West – as a terrorist attack, and religious suspicion. Ali Harbi Ali has been charged is the murder of Amess and is awaiting trial.
Any evidence that the incident is considered a terrorist attack comes from the anti-terrorism organization, which is part of the Metropolitan Police in London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted Sunday evening that his thoughts were with those affected by the “bad incident” in Liverpool. “I would like to thank the paramedics for their prompt and professional response, as well as for the police for their investigative work,” he wrote.