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

UK National Terror Threat Raised To Highest Possible Level After Manchester Attacks

British police patrol through Trafalgar Square in central London on May 23, 2017 a day after a deadly terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Mark Rowley, who heads the National Counter Terrorism Policing, said late Tuesday that searches were ongoing and officers were following "a number of investigative leads".

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Theresa May raised the country's terrorism threat level to "critical", suggesting "it is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack".

British police do not routinely carry firearms, but London police said extra armed officers would be deployed at this weekend's soccer cup final at Wembley and rugby at Twickenham.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 others injured when a bomber blew himself up in the arena foyer as thousands of concertgoers were leaving after a gig by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande. A European intelligence official cited by the Washington Post said the brother of the suspect was taken into custody following the attack. Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who authorities said died in the attack.

"I do not want the public to feel unduly alarmed".

Touching on that disconnect, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage". By time of publishing, over £680,000 had been raised on the crowdfunding site JustGiving for the families of those killed and injured.

An eight-year-old and a teenager have already been named as victims.

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The Dangerous Woman tour is the third concert tour by 23-year-old Grande and supports her album of the same name. "I don't have words".

Parents had gathered there and were waiting to pick up their children, and people were streaming through the area to get home after the concert, when the blast ripped through the foyer of the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena at about 10.30pm on Monday.

Witness say they saw blood covered bodies on the floor while others, badly wounded, staggered toward the exits of the building.

The scene outside the concert hall was also chaotic, with traffic snarled and parents rushing to the scene.

Queen Elizabeth II condemned the Manchester attack as an "act of barbarity" and observed a minute's silence at a Buckingham Palace garden reception. French President Emmanuel Macron signed a condolence book at the British embassy in Paris.

Trump said during a visit to Bethlehem: "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers". "I've called all the places, the hotels where people said that children have been taken and I've called the police", Charlotte Campbell tearfully told ITV television's Good Morning Britain breakfast show.

In a poignant moment he referred to the "Mancunian way to survive" and said: "In the face of a challenge we always stand tall".

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