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

United Kingdom terror threat level raised to 'critical' following Manchester Arena atrocity


British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday night that the country's terror threat level has been raised from "severe" to "critical", its highest level.

Police also said officials arrested a man at the Arndale shopping center in central Manchester - but that the arrest is not believed to be connected to Monday night's attack.

Witnesses have described seeing various nuts and bolts scattered at the scene, suggesting it was a nail bomb, but this has not been verified.

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". It is a joyful experience as a parent to watch your children experience the thrill of a performer they have only seen before on television. "Just lovely to speak to", said Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston.

Images from today's (23 May 2017) vigil in Manchester's Albert Square. "As we came outside to Victoria Station, there were just people all over the floor covered in blood". He told The Associated Press that the school confirmed Callander's death with members of her family. Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for the missing.

The Daily Mail reports Grande was accompanied by her mother, Joan, who was said to have helped escort some concert attendees backstage in the chaos of the bombing.

Ms Campbell last had contact with her daughter at 8.30pm when the teenager thanked her for letting her go to the concert.

Authorities weren't yet naming those who died, but an area school identified a former student as a victim and the BBC reported that an eight-year-old girl was killed.

The explosion struck near the exit around 10:30 p.m. Monday as Grande was ending the concert, part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. "What should have been a superb evening", Lunt said, "is now just awful". "I've called all the places, the hotels where people said that children have been taken and I've called the police".

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He also claimed that weapons were planted on the men's bodies, and called for a thorough probe into the matter, said the report. An 11-year-old boy was present in the house from where the suspected NDFB (S) men were picked up.

Olivia had called her mother to say how happy she was to be at the arena.

Around the United Kingdom and across Europe, the attack brought fear and mourning. In Rome, the lights of the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain were darkened.

US President Donald Trump condemned the people behind the attack as "evil losers".

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since July 7, 2005, when four suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London's transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people and wounding 700 more.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, is one of Britain's largest cities.

A sign is seen in central Manchester. The city was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center.

"But this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives".

It's not clear whether the group directed the attacker, as it did with the assailants who killed 130 people across Paris in a series of attacks in November 2015.

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