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Car bomb at hospital reinforces need for public places to be better equipped for deliberate attacks

A taxi driver in the UK has been hailed a hero after keeping a passenger locked inside his taxi in the moments before the male passenger detonated a home-made bomb outside a maternity hospital in Liverpool.

Police have confirmed the suicide bomb that killed the male passenger is now being treated as a terror attack. The attack came moments before the 11am two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday.

Taxi driver David Perry thankfully escaped with ‘serious but not life-threatening injuries’. The male passenger killed in the blast had asked Mr Perry to go Liverpool's Women's Hospital but friends of the taxi driver believe the target may have been the city's nearby Service of Remembrance at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, where 1,200 military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen had gathered. Roads around the cathedral had been closed before the 11am event.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the taxi driver acted with 'incredible presence of mind and bravery'.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: 'The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital', adding that he had 'locked the doors'. 

This event, which could have been far more devastating and tragic had the taxi driver not acted so heroically, only reinforces the need for public spaces, which are so vulnerable to deliberate attacks, to be better equipped with emergency care supplies.

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Source: Daily Mail

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