Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

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Among other things, this was a concert meant to celebrate female empowerment, and numerous victims were young British women there to take part.

May said Britain's terror threat level had been raised to critical - meaning another attack may be imminent.

"You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe", she added.

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for what it called a revenge attack against "Crusaders".

In a statement Ms Sturgeon said: "My thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those who have been affected by this barbaric attack in Manchester".

May said Abedi was born and raised in Britain and a European security official said he was of Libyan descent. At present, the assailant - identified by US officials on the condition of anonymity as Salman Abedi - is not known to have left behind any substantive rationale for to his choice of venue.

The suicide bomber who caused carnage at the Manchester Arena was named by police late Tuesday as Salman Abedi.

"It was so quick". Witnesses in the Whalley Range district said armed police had surrounded a newly-built apartment block on a usually quiet tree-lined street.

Details on Abedi were slow to trickle out.

"Mac ran up to give her a hug and kiss right after her plane landed", they said. "I thought he worked in a takeaway or something" because of his late hours, Kinsey said.

Signs of solidarity went up across Manchester on Tuesday, with "I Love Manchester" signs appearing on roadsides and buildings.

British police do not routinely carry firearms, but London police said extra armed officers would be deploy ed at this weekend's soccer cup final at Wembley and rugby at Twickenham.

But Shahera Khatun, 22, an English literature student at the University of Manchester, said the lesson of Monday's attack, devastating as it may have been, was clear enough.

Among those confirmed killed was Georgina Callander, whose death was reported by her former school, which posted a photo of her in her school uniform on its website and described her as a "lovely" and "very popular" young woman.

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"Still missing: Saffie Rose Roussos, eight years old".

The little girl's mother and sister were among the 59 wounded, which included at least 12 children under the age of 16.

She posted on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words". And then everyone just went really quiet. Collette Nicholls, a member of staff from Superdrug, said people were "running and screaming". "As we sat at the meeting place near the arena, that was a little bit scary because (police) were telling me to go away and evacuate the area but I still couldn't find my mum until she came, screaming my name".

"She was with her friend Adam - Adam was found. he is in hospital, but Olivia has not been found yet", she told BBC radio.

She described their experience: "We ran, we picked up a young girl on our way who was hyperventilating saying she had lost her mum".

Once she got out into the foyer, the exits were blocked.

Robin Wolff, from Agoura Hills, California, said she has accompanied her 15-year-old daughter Brooke to Miley Cyrus and One Direction concerts. "What should have been a superb evening", Lunt said, "is now just disgusting".

"I think this just shows how people actually care", she said of the vigil.

Around the United Kingdom and across Europe, the attack brought fear and mourning.

Queen Elizabeth II condemned the Manchester attack as an "act of barbarity" and observed a minute's silence at a Buckingham Palace garden reception.

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, is one of Britain's largest cities.

Monday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in 2005.

She said: "It is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack". Manchester itself has seen terror before, but not this deadly.

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