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Terrifying moment taxi explodes outside Liverpool hospital before driver escapes

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This is the terrifying moment a taxi exploded outside a hospital in a terrorist attack.

The driver, named locally as David Perry, has been labelled a “hero” after he allegedly locked the suspected suicide bomber in the cab before it blew up outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital yesterday (November 14).

The passenger, who has remained unnamed, was declared dead at the scene while Mr Perry has been discharged from hospital.

Counter-terrorism police have arrested four men in connection to the incident, aged 20, 21, 26, and 29.

Footage has now emerged showing the moment the vehicle burst into flames.

In the clip, which appears to be a phone recording of CCTV of the area, the black taxi can be seen pulling up outside the reception.

As soon as it comes to a stop, the vehicle explodes, sending debris flying in all directions.

The driver, who was still inside the car as it blew up, is then seen clambering out and running away as an onlooker helps him.

He is seen with his hands around his head, clearly in shock at what has just unfolded.

Soon after, the car bursts into flames.

The blast ripped through the hospital car park at 10.59am, just one minute before the UK fell silent to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Mr Perry is said to have locked the man in the vehicle after “noticing the device”.

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson told the BBC that the actions of the taxi driver injured in the explosion “saved many lives”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, she said: "The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital.

"Our thanks go to him and our emergency services, and authorities have worked through the night to divert anything further and we've all been on standby and in constant contact to provide any support that's needed."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the taxi driver caught up in the Liverpool explosion acted with “incredible presence of mind and bravery”.

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