Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Deadly Bombing At Ariana Grande Concert Targeted Young People

Deadly Bombing At Ariana Grande Concert Targeted Young People

According to US officials, the explosive device was believed to be packed with shrapnel, which is made to inflict as much damage as possible.

While the area around Manchester Arena is still blocked off, Greater Manchester Police said they want to remind people that "Manchester will not be defeated".

The suicide bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi, while police also arrested a 23-year-old man near the arena at a supermarket.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called out the "evil losers" who he said were behind the explosion that brought "death to innocent young people" who were attending a pop concert.

The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A message from the Queen for what she has labelled as an "act of barbarity".

"Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school".

Chris Parker, 33, was in the foyer area of the venue, where he regularly goes to beg for money, when the attack occurred - and said he saw a "flash of light" before the blast.

May and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, agreed to suspend campaigning ahead of the country's June 8 elections.

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Grande's tour has not been canceled or postponed despite reports online, said a person close to the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the topic.

Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 10:35 pm (2135 GMT) at the arena, which has a capacity for 21,000 people, and where the US singer had been performing to an audience that included many children.

"Please.please retweet. Looking for my daughter and her friend", Michael MacIntyre wrote on Twitter, alongside an image of his daughter Laura and her friend Eilidh. But it will have reverberations far beyond British shores.

The blast happened in the lobby of the 21,000 seat Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by Grande. "It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming just trying to get out", a concertgoer told Reuters. Fans were leaving the show when a bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.

Macron and senior French ministers walked to the British embassy in Paris to sign the condolence book.

Singer Grande, 23, said on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

Police, including armed response officers, then cleared the square a short time later. "The professionalism of our officers who responded to the incident is also commendable and indicative of British policing". The man was shot dead at the scene.

In 2015, Pakistani student Abid Naseer was convicted in a USA court of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in the centre of Manchester in April 2009.

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