Kim Kardashian deletes tweet about Manchester attack following backlash

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2017

Vigils were also held in cities across the United Kingdom, including in Belfast and Glasgow where people held posters which said: "We stand together".

In what appeared to be an unrelated incident Tuesday, police evacuated a large shopping center in Manchester that was rebuilt after an IRA bombing in 1996. The elevation to the highest notch means "not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent".

At least 22 people were killed on Monday night when a bomb went off at a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England, among them children.

What made the attack particularly horrifying was that it killed or maimed youngsters, some of whose parents were still looking for them yesterday, said Joan Dickinson, who lives in Greater Manchester. Less than 12 hours after the explosion, police arrested another 23-year-old man in South Manchester believed to be an accomplice.

In a statement outside Downing Street yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May said that numerous wounded were being treated for "life-threatening conditions".

Children were among the 22 deaths resulting from the bombing at Manchester Arena after the concert on Monday night.

The UK government has raised the threat level of global terrorism to "critical" - meaning an attack is expected imminently - according to the MI5 intelligence service's website.

Under Britain's Operation Temperer, army troops may be moved in to replace police officers who now guard "key sites" such as sports stadiums and major entertainment venues.

As for Grande, a person close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said the pop star's tour was not cancelled or postponed.

8pm: Rudd says Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was known "up to a point" to the British intelligence services and police.

"Why innocent children?" Dickinson, 69, said as she waited at Logan for her flight home.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told BFMTV that Abedi had traveled to Syria as well as Libya and that he had "proven" links with the Islamic State. And while he had "clear ties to Al-Qaeda", the official said, he could also have connections to other groups.

Theresa May last night said the government had raised the threat level from severe to critical for the first time since July 2007. "As a result of (the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre's) decision the police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of State for Defence to deploy a number of armed military personnel in support of their armed officers".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has criticised USA officials for leaking information about Abedi to the press as the investigation is unfolding.

"When it's like two seconds from your home, when you walk past it every day, you do live in fear", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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