Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

First victims of Manchester terror attack named


"This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see", said Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of Greater Manchester Police.

Isis has now claimed responsibility for the bombing, which took place at the end of the concert when the audience was streaming toward the exits.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed 22 people were killed and 59 injured in an attack that has shocked the world.

An 8-year-old girl was among the dead - the youngest known victim - and her mother and sister were among the wounded in what May called "a callous terrorist attack".

Screaming concert-goers, including children fled the venue last night in panic after the powerful blast struck the Manchester Arena, Europe's largest indoor arena.

CBS News reports multiple children are among the dead. It means we are more up to date with news as it happens than at any point in our history, enables us to contact loved ones and make sure they are safe and makes it easy to communicate the best ways to lend support.

The first victim was named as 18-year-old Georgina Callander, followed by Saffie Rose Roussos, aged just eight.

Andy Holey, who had gone to the arena to pick up his wife and daughter, said: "An explosion went off and it threw me about 30ft from one set of doors to the other set of doors".

U.S. President Donald Trump, in Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers".

The concert drew a sell-out crowd to Manchester Arena - about 20,000 people - and it was just ending.

President Uhuru Kenyatta condemns the Manchester terror attack
Grande, who was not injured in the blast, tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words". A representative of Grande's USA record label says the singer is OK and they are investigating what happened.

"Many won't have ever been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it", he said.

"I am sure you will all have heard of the tragic and horrifying events in Manchester [on Monday] night", Woodward said.

May said police had identified the suspected attacker, though she did not reveal his name.

Mr Parker, who has slept rough in the city for about a year, said he also tended to a woman aged in her 60s who was badly hurt from the bombing with serious leg and head injuries.

Shortly after the attack, Grande, 23, tweeted that she is "broken" adding, "I am so so sorry".

Police, however, have spoken only of "an improvised device" used in the attack. "My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services".

Tillerson released a statement Tuesday saying that "our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack". And taxis in the city's center offered free rides through the night.

For more from the incident, watch the clip below.

In the United Kingdom and the USA, top newspapers tore up front pages to make room for the late breaking news, using images of wounded victims being helped from the scene. It scattered bolts and other metal scraps, apparently meant to maximize the bloodshed.

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