It was supposed to be a time to laugh, have fun and be happy, but a terrorist attack on Monday night at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester made it turn sour. The incident left at least 22 people dead and 59 injured!
London Police confirm that 23 year old Salman Abedi as a major suspect on the attack in manchester. Salman is a British man of Lybian origin, whose refugee parents were given sanctuary in 1994. He was born and raised in Britain and is known to UK authorities.
#Manchester attacker is 23-year-old Salman Abedi
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Greater Manchester Police’s suspect for yesterday’s attack, Salman Abedi, was born in Manchester and was 22 years old.
He has at least three siblings: an elder brother who was born in London, and a younger brother and sister who were born in Manchester.
The family is believed to be of Libyan origin.
They have lived at more than one address in Manchester, including the property at Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield area that was raided by police today.
Neighbours described how the family would fly Libyan flags at some times of year.
If he did commit yesterday’s attack, it would not be the first time we have had British suicide bombers.
The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack which has left many dead and afflicted with life threatening injuries. Children are among those killed, including an eight-year-old girl.
At a news conference late Monday, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said authorities are treating the explosion at Manchester Arena as a “terrorist incident” until they have further information.
“This is a very concerning time for everyone,” Hopkins said.
Early Tuesday, Hopkins said there are children among the deceased.
Manchester police say more than 400 officers were deployed overnight.
The White House says President Trump, in Israel on the second leg of his first trip abroad since taking office, is being kept up to date on the situation in Manchester.
Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m. but there were few other details. Emergency vehicles were helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue.
“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “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.”
Oliver Jones, 17, said, “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.”
A minute’s silence will be held before Manchester United’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockolm on Wednesday and United’s players will wear black armbands.
European football’s governing body Uefa said in a statement: “The opening ceremony will also be considerably reduced as a mark of respect for the victims of the Manchester attack.
“This will mean that Swedish artists Axwell Ingrosso will now not be performing before the final.”
An emergency number was released for all those concerned about their loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area: 0161 856 9400.