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

ISIS claims deadly Manchester attack

ISIS claims deadly Manchester attack

The suspected suicide bomber behind Monday's attack on a concert venue in Manchester has been identified as Salman Abedi, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled.

Isis later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Medical officials said 12 children under the age of 16 were among those injured in the suicide bombing attack at a pop concert in England's second-largest city.

Another missing person is eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos. Police have carried out two raids in Manchester.

Manchester City spokesman said: "The thoughts and prayers of our ownership, board and everyone at Manchester City are with the people of Manchester and all those affected following the horrifying events of last night's Manchester Arena attack". Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was working to establish "the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack". "He expressed his condolences and condemned what he said was a bad attack".

Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

Commenting on the issue of how a bomber could commit a new terrorist attack following the terrorist attack in London last month when security measures had been tightened up, the expert said that none of the objects can enjoy total protection.

Before naming Abedi police revealed that a man carrying explosives acted alone and died in the attack, which took place in a foyer outside the venue just as Grande was wrapping up her concert. The Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and looking smart in her school uniform.

"All of our students will gather together today for a time of prayer and reflection and to give thanks for the life of Georgina".

"A lot of these people at the concert were small children and teenagers like my daughter".

She added: "Having rushed into Manchester to help my friend home, the scenes around the arena last night were horrendous and something no child should have had to witness". She has reportedly suspended her tour.

In a statement, the club said: "Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night, and the effect that this has had on everyone here at the club and within our city, we have chose to cancel this evening's pre-match press conference".

Europe has been rocked by a string of Islamist terrorist attacks in the last three years, with five people being killed in London in March after a man drove a vehicle at pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer.

     FIGHT BACK A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack
TWITTER FIGHT BACK A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack

Monday's bombing has raised concerns that a more sophisticated network may exist in the country than previously thought. "It's a sad day for the great city of Manchester".

Manchester was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center.

The upshot is that British policing and intelligence efforts are likely to become even more invasive, intrusive and disquieting.

London will also see a heavier police presence Tuesday, the mayor's office said.

Now, Queen Elizabeth is also sharing her condolences to the families affected by the tragedy.

The explosion rocked the arena at around 10:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET), and the sound of wailing sirens cut through the smoky aftermath of the blast soon after.

She told Sky News: "We had somebody sat next to us, looked very suspicious, she was fidgeting all the time with a bag - on the floor, across her - she was by herself". "We've tried everything we can".

"I hugged her so tight and she said she loved my bow", the fan wrote in another all-capitals caption.

"She was with her friend Adam, Adam was found about half an hour ago, he's in hospital but Olivia has not been found yet". "I just want her to walk through the door".

U.S. President Donald Trump, in Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers". More than 50 people died in that coordinated assault.

"They never checked bags at all, I never saw them check anybody's bags". They would think that's a great name.

Coats also said he had no documents about such a call.

"This wicked ideology must be obliterated".

"We are sure that, in the circumstances, you will all understand our position on this matter".

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