A quick-thinking taxi driver may have just saved hundreds of lives.
Only moments ago, it was reported that an explosive device of some sort went off in a taxi just outside of a local hospital in the UK on Sunday.
One man was killed in a blast that was apparently meant to do far more damage.
The report stated that a man had entered a taxi and told the driver to head to a hospital.
The driver clearly suspected something was afoot, as he locked the alleged bomber in the cab and the device ended up going off.
The driver escaped the taxi with injuries, but the passenger that allegedly carried the bomb into the taxi died in the explosion.
Russ Jackson, the head of Counterterrorism Policing in northwest England, stated that “enquiries will now continue to seek to understand how the device was built, the motivation for the incident and to understand if anyone else was involved in it.”
Sunday was supposed to be a day of remembrance for those killed in wars, but it was unclear at the time if the alleged terror attack was linked to that event.
Jackson added, “Although the motivation for this incident is yet to be understood, given all the circumstances, it has been declared a terrorist incident.”
Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson stated, “The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital.”
The hospital in question was the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, so there could be other motivations here concerning the purpose of the attack.
Nick Aldworth, a former senior terrorism investigator in Britain, noted that the device may have been faulty based on the damage done once it exploded.
While there was significant fire damage, there was very little damage from the blast.
Aldworth added, “Whatever was in that vehicle was either a low yield or didn’t work properly, or possibly an incendiary.
“So I think it’s very much open to debate at the moment about what has happened.”
Source: Fox News