Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi 'Known to Authorities' Before Terror Attack

Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi 'Known to Authorities' Before Terror Attack

They identified the suicide bomber as Salman Abedi, 23, a US law enforcement official told USA Today. All sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Prime Minister Theresa May visited victims in Manchester on Tuesday and released a statement, "This was a horrendous attack, absolutely horrific, barbaric in its nature, but what I'm also clear about is that we will not let the terrorists win".

The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility, but Dan Coats, the US director of intelligence, says that connection has not yet been verified.

The explosion happened inside the foyer of the Manchester Arena - which holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe's largest indoor arenas, according to its website. "It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit".

Twenty-two people were killed and a further 59 injured in the apparent suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande gig at the venue. There was an explosion at the Ariana Grande concert tonight in Manchester and I haven't seen my friend Martyn since.

She said the explosions rang out as soon as Grande left the stage.

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Jones said it was instinctive to go and help the injured. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, said the 15-year-old attended the concert with her best friend from school.

Police said they were treating the explosion just outside the arena as a terror incident until they "know otherwise".

The Islamic State group claimed the attack through its propaganda wing, Amaq, saying it had scored a "great victory" against the "crusaders" of Britain.

Neighbours said they knew very little about the house, except that people lived in it. People who did know the family described him as "quiet" and "respectful" - in contrast to his more outgoing brother.

Armed police raided a property in Elsmore Road, Manchester, where Abedi was registered as living, and ordered nearby residents to remain indoors while they carried out a controlled explosion on the front door. Some of the attackers behind the 2015 Paris terror attack had also been monitored by both Belgian and French intelligence services - but were still able to coordinate a major terrorist attack, killing 130 people. BuzzFeed could have easily changed the headline and added clarification without completely nuking the article, which raises suspicions that they had meant to permanently remove the article, but backtracked when they got caught.

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