Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson has praised the taxi driver for minimising the impact of the disaster in an interview on BBC news.
She said: “The taxi driver in his heroic efforts has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster.”
“We knew the taxi driver had stood out; the taxi driver locked the doors.
“Our thanks go to him.”
She also thanked the emergency services for supporting residents following the incidents on Twitter.
The police are expected to give a press conference shortly on their investigation into the blast in the taxi in Liverpool on Sunday.
In the meantime, Kim Johnson, MP for Liverpool Riverside, is speaking to BBC News.
She said she understood that “counsellors and police wil update us on what’s happening because it’s an ongoing investigation, there hasn’t been a declaration it was a terrorist attack.”
She added: “The local authorities need to be commended for responding so quickly and professionally to the explosion that took place yesterday
“It was a shocking incident and things could have been a lot worse but the car did receive a lot of fire damage but there’s little evidence to suggest there was a lot of bomb damage.
“It was a very concerning and very scary incident, coinciding with the remembrance event today, but there’s lots of speculation about what happened and we need to allow the services to conduct their investigations and not get involved with misinformation.”
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A taxi exploded outside Liverpool Women’s hospital in England on Sunday morning, killing one and injuring another.
Here’s what we know so far:
- A taxi exploded in flames outside Liverpool Women’s hospital in the city centre in England, UK, shortly before 11am on Sunday.
- A male passenger inside the vehicle was killed in the blast and declared dead at the scene, Merseyside police confirmed. Police are working to establish his identity.
- The driver managed to escape before the flames spread and is in hospital in a stable condition.
- Following police raids, three men – aged 29, 26 and 21 – have been arrested in the Kensington area of the city under the Terrorism Act, police said in a statement on Sunday night.
- In the hours after the blast, a heavy police presence was reported at three streets in the city – Sutcliffe and Boaler streets in Kensington, and Rutland Avenue in Sefton Park. Fire crews and police officers wearing vests marked “negotiator” were seen at Rutland avenue and cordons remain in place.
- Police said they are “keeping an open mind” as to what caused the explosion. Investigators believe it is unlikely it was a fault with the vehicle and are investigating whether the timing of the explosion, when the Remembrance Sunday silence was due to begin at the cathedral nearby, was deliberate.
- The investigation is being led by counter-terrorism police who are being assisted by Merseyside police and MI5.