UK counterterror police probing deadly car blast in London

LONDON — British police say that counterterrorism officers are investigating a car explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital that left one person dead, although it has not been declared a terrorist incident.

“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,” Merseyside Police say in a statement.

“We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the explosion, but given how it has happened, out of caution, counterterrorism police are leading the investigation,” it adds.

Investigators believe the car involved was a taxi, which exploded shortly after pulling up at the hospital in northwest England.

Footage posted on social media shows thick black smoke pouring into the air outside the hospital.

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