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UK raises terror threat level to ‘severe’ following taxi explosion

Emergency services outside Liverpool Women's Hospital in Liverpool, England, November 14, 2021. (Peter Byrne/ PA via AP)
Emergency services outside Liverpool Women's Hospital in Liverpool, England, November 14, 2021. (Peter Byrne/ PA via AP)

The UK government increases the terror threat level to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. The decision follows an taxi explosion in Liverpool yesterday that killed one person.

Home Secretary Priti Patel says the terror threat level has been raised because there have been two attacks in the space of a month.

British police say that an explosion in a taxi outside a hospital that killed a man is being treated as a terrorist incident, but the motive remains unclear. Russ Jackson, the head of Counterterrorism Policing in northwest England, says the blast yesterday at Liverpool Women’s Hospital involved an improvised explosive device. The male passenger in the taxi died in the explosion, and the taxi driver was injured. Four men in their 20s have been detained under the Terrorism Act.

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