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UK Raises Terror Threat Level After Liverpool Taxi Blast

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An armed police officer holds a breaching shotgun, used to blast the hinges off a door, at an address in Rutland Avenue in Sefton Park, after an explosion at the Liverpool Women's Hospital in Liverpool, England, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. British police arrested three men under terrorism laws Sunday after a car exploded outside the hospital, killing one man and injuring another. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

(AP) — The U.K. government has increased the terror level to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The decision follows an taxi explosion in Liverpool on Sunday that killed a man. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the terror threat level had been raised because there had been two attacks in a month.

British police say the explosion in a taxi outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital is being treated as a terrorist incident, but the motive remains unclear.

Russ Jackson, the head of Counterterrorism Policing in northwest England, said the blast involved an improvised explosive device. The male passenger in the taxi died in the explosion, and the taxi driver was injured.  The driver has been hailed as a hero by the mayor of Liverpool.

 

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