One person has died and another has been injured after a car exploded outside a hospital in Liverpool.
Merseyside Police confirmed it was called to reports of a car explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 10.59am on Sunday.
Images from the scene showed a car on fire and then burnt out.
“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,” the force said in a statement.
“So we far we understand that the car involved was a taxi which pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred.”
Counter-terrorism officers are leading the investigation into what happened, but detectives are keeping an “open mind” over the cause, they added.
Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson described the incident as “unsettling and upsetting”.
“My thoughts are with those affected,” she tweeted. “I’d like to thank the emergency services for their swift response and for bringing calm to the situation.”
A cordon and road closures have been put in place while police examine the scene.
No arrests have been made.
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