Bomber was Manchester man of Libyan descent

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 24, 2017

Children were among the dead, police said.

Manchester Police Constable Ian Hopkins said the blast was for officers - seen decked out in riot gear - to gain access to the home. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

"I have assured the Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May, that she will have any help we can give and that we will stand with her and her country in the fight against extremism", he said. Sirens everywhere. People running, screaming.

Video taken at the show reveals utter mayhem as thousands of fans ran for their lives.

Desperate parents such as Ms Campbell have taken to posting messages and pictures on social media.

"When we left, down the stairs there was probably early teenagers lying on the floor covered in blood and blood on the walls where they'd been laid, so it was just horrifying", female concert-goer Alex Grayson said. "Quite a few people got knocked over".

The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday at a concert by the United States singer Ariana Grande. "Sending love to everyone involved", said former One Direction star Harry Styles. They said the lone male attacker set off a homemade bomb in the foyer at the end of the concert.

"All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected".

May is due to hold a crisis response meeting and finance minister Philip Hammond will cut short a trip to Brussels to return to London.

"This morning I said that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, the independent organisation responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of the intelligence available, was keeping the threat level under constant review".

Little else is known about Mr. Abedi - British authorities have been tight-lipped about the investigation and only released Mr. Abedi's name after it was leaked by USA officials - but his profile as the child of Muslim immigrants is similar to that of other recent Islamic State and al-Qaeda devotees who have brought terror to the cities of Europe.

Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena after the attack. Central London's Victoria coach station and roads around it were closed after discovery of a suspect package, the BBC said.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

Tim Booth, of Manchester band James, said he feels "very connected to Manchester from a long way away", and "devastated that one f***** lunatic can target children this way".

"In all circumstances members of the armed forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers".

He is believed to have caught the tram to the Manchester Arena in a bid to murder teens and children at a pop concert.

Cops also searched another apartment in Whalley Range, also in southern Manchester.

Katrina realised "I'm getting targeted by someone who wants to hurt me and all these other people who are children", she said.

"People were running and screaming". A US government official told Reuters that investigators were looking into whether Mr. Abedi had recently travelled to Libya, and whether he had any contact with Islamic State militants there.

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