A taxi driver is now being hailed as a hero after having the presence of mind to botch an alleged terrorist attack at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The man was identified as Danny Perry who drove a black cab to the reception of the hospital. In CCTV footage, the taxi blew up but Perry managed to flee afterward.

People present at the scene tried to help Perry who was clearly in shock after the explosion. Not long after, the taxi burst into flames with one of the alleged terrorists still inside.

Per reports, Perry allegedly locked the terrorist inside in the vehicle after he noticed the device. However, Russ Jackson, head of the Counter-Terrorism Policing North West, says that he could not yet confirm this.

The blast ripped through the hospital at around 10:59 a.m., roughly a minute before the UK fell silent to mark Remembrance Day.

The man inside the vehicle remained unidentified and perished in the fire. Perry, on the other hand, was given medical assistance and has since been discharged from the hospital.

After the incident, police were able to reportedly arrest cohorts behind the planned terrorist attack. Their names were not revealed by said to be aged 20, 21, 26 and 29.

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson lauded Perry for his presence of mind at the time, an effort that saved many lives.

"The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital,” Anderson stated in a report by BBC.

"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," she added.

For his part, British Prime Minister also praised Perry for his efforts and stressed that the taxi driver acted with the incredible presence of mind and bravery.

"It does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery," Johnson said.

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