British prime minister: Terror threat level raised to "critical" after Manchester attack

Joanna Estrada
May 24, 2017

It is no consolation right now, but attacks like the one suffered this week remain rare, considering how many soft targets there are in everyday life in Britain.

Some concert-goers said security had been haphazard before the show, with some people being searched and others not. "I don't have words".

Asked if she has concerns for her children attending concerts in the wake of the Manchester attack, Wolff said, "Absolutely". He provided no information about the person who set off the bomb.

The Manchester Arena bombing is the worst attack in Britain since the July 7, 2015, bombings in which 52 people were killed.

"She's not turned up", Campbell said of her daughter.

Robin Wolff, from Agoura Hills, California, said she has accompanied her 15-year-old daughter Brooke to Miley Cyrus and One Direction concerts. "It was nearly like they waited for her to go". "What should have been a superb evening is now just disgusting".

Out of respect for the victims, May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn agreed to suspend campaigning for Britain's June 8 general election until further notice.

A representative for Grande confirmed to multiple media outlets that she was unharmed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at around 10:30 p.m. local time just as young fans were leaving the venue after the singer's performance had finished.

Police identified the attacker Tuesday as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who police said died in the attack.

Islamic State's claim of responsibility echoed others the group has made for attacks in the West but with vague details that left open the possibility it was an opportunistic attempt at propaganda.

May called the strike a "callous terrorist attack" that targeted children.

The city's regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of Twitter users who circulated the MissinginManchester hashtag, used by people looking for family members and friends.

"I won't call them monsters because they would like that term". "What should have been a superb evening", Lunt said, "is now just disgusting".

"If anyone sees Olivia, lend her your phone, she knows my number". Supporters of the extremist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq's Mosul and around its de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa, celebrated the blast online.

Forensic investigators walked along a bridge linking a train station and Manchester Arena.

President Trump, who is now on a trip to Israel, condemned the "evil losers" responsible for the attack, which he said preyed on "innocent children". And I mean completely obliterated, " he added.

The arena, built in 1995, has a capacity of 21,000 spectators but it is not yet clear how many people attended the show.

May chaired a meeting of the British government's emergency committee prior to making her statement and is expected to visit Manchester later Tuesday.

The Dangerous Woman tour is the third concert tour by 23-year-old Grande and supports her third studio album, "Dangerous Woman".

After Manchester, Grande was to perform at venues in Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, with concerts in Latin America and Asia to follow.

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, was hit by a huge IRA bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center. "I'm really shaken and can't process what happened as so many people were there with children", she said. Contributing to this report were Gregory Katz, Brian Rohan, Paisley Dodds, Lisa Leff and Sophie Berman in London; John Leicester and Lori Hinnant in Paris; Eric Tucker in Washington; and Matt Sedensky in NY.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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