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

Police Identify Manchester Bomber As 22-Year-Old Salman Abedi

Police Identify Manchester Bomber As 22-Year-Old Salman Abedi

MANCHESTER, England At least 19 people were killed in a blast at a concert in the English city of Manchester on Monday where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing and two USA officials said a suicide bomber was suspected in the explosion.

A JustGiving crowdfunding page set up by the Manchester Evening News has so far raised £508,329 with donations from 19,428 people (correct at the time of publishing).

As well as those killed, dozens of other people were wounded in the attack; 59 were hospitalized, some with life-threatening injuries.

One wrote: "Cannot even begin to comprehend the pain and suffering for all these people, those who have lost friends and loved ones. I love you so much and will always miss you", Sophie Marsh, who was Callander's classmate, said in a post on Twitter. "RIP handsome angels this should never have happened".

"We are sending our love to all of Manchester during this incredibly hard time".

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was one of many British artists and celebrities to help spread the word by retweeting messages and posting offers of help. "Thank you to everyone who has donated".

British authorities said an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was among dead and 12 children under the age of 16 were among those injured.

Numerous concertgoers were teenagers and families.

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In a poignant moment he referred to the " Mancunian way to survive " and said: "In the face of a challenge we always stand tall". Police also searched an apartment in a nearby area that British media reported belonged to Abedi's brother, Ismail.

In a statement made outside her Downing Street offices after a meeting with security and intelligence chiefs, May said police believed they knew the identity of the bomber.

"You don't think it's something that's going to happen when you was such a nice, fun concert".

The newspaper said Abedi's father is well-known in the community, and worked as an odd-job man, but is thought to be now in Tripoli.

Shelby Wharton, 17, told the Standard she was "kind and loving" saying: "We were all praying for her to be found safely".

"She passed away in my arms".

"She was always very open, would talk to everyone". It does not feel real.

Support pours in for victims with 'Room for Manchester, ' other campaignsOfficial records show that Salman Abedi was registered as living at the Manchester house raided by armed police investigating Monday night's deadly concert blast. Over the past year, she's also embraced her role as an activist, serving as one of Hillary Clinton's most vocal supporters during the 2016 election and notably donating $10,000 to Planned Parenthood last November.

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