The suspected bomber Enzo Almeni, 32, blew himself up just before 11am on Sunday at the Women’s Hospital in the Liverpool city centre.
Almeni, who had travelled to the scene in a taxi, was the only fatality in the incident. The taxi driver narrowly escaped the car before it exploded and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In the wake of the event the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) moved to raise the UK National Threat Level “from substantial, meaning an attack is likely, to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely” on Monday.
The taxi exploded out the front of the Women’s Hospital in the Liverpool city centre
“Following yesterday’s shocking incident in Liverpool, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has raised the UK Threat Level to severe,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said.
“It is important that the public remains alert to the threat from terrorism but not alarmed. I urge anyone with information or who suspects any suspicious activity to report it to the police.”
The threat levels are determined independently of Ministers and are a tool for security practitioners, including the police, to use in determining what protective security response is needed.
The UK was last at severe in November 2020 before being lowered to substantial in February 2021.
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy on Sunday said that while the Liverpool explosion “may cause concern in our communities” events “of this nature are very rare”.
“Merseyside Police will continue to liaise with community groups, community leaders, partner agencies and individuals in the coming days and weeks to make sure any concerns are addressed and ensuring that we provide the best possible service to local people,” she said.
“There will also be an increased and visible police presence on the streets of Merseyside and I would encourage people to engage with my officers and raise any concerns they may have.”
Police and forensic officers attend the hospital on Monday. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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