Man With Knife Detained in Birmingham During Vigil for Manchester Attack Victims

Elias Hubbard
May 24, 2017

She has spoken out for LGBTQ rights, candidly sharing how growing up with a brother that came out as gay and with various gay friends has turned her into a person with no patience for homophobic rhetoric.

Two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that initial signs pointed to a suicide bomber being responsible for the blast.

Saffie Roussos, 8, was the youngest victim identified so far.

Security experts suggested that the use of a suicide bomb in Manchester, if true, would display a level of sophistication that implied collaborators - and the possibility that other bombs had been fabricated at the same time.

The Manchester Arena postponed concerts by the pop group Take That scheduled from Thursday through Saturday. Some half-climbed, half-tumbled over barriers in terror.

Anxious parents who had brought their children to the show crowded the streets outside the building.

"It was carnage. Everyone was scrambling over each other".

The first to be named was an 18-year-old woman.

"We just heard a bang".

"We ran out", she said. "You could hear adults telling the little ones it was only a balloon".

Meanwhile, desperate calls went out on social media by family members and friends of those still missing. I will call them losers because that's what they are. She said the explosions rang out as soon as Grande left the stage.

"Stick together; let's get out, get out", Heidi Hemblys, 43, told her two young daughters.

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, is one of Britain's largest cities. The once-gritty industrial city, along with London and Liverpool, has been one of the main cultural influences on modern Britain, with its iconic Manchester United soccer team, its cross-city rival Manchester City and chart-toppers Oasis, The Smiths and other famous bands.

A friend posted on Facebook: 'Sleep tight John Atkinson. "My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this bad tragedy". Police believe the bomber entered the arena through a subway station, detonating the bomb near the ticket area just as people were leaving the concert.

"I try to not let my anxiety touch other people but the Bataclan event was very traumatic for me", Boyd Cadiou said. "What should have been a superb evening is now just awful". "It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out". The second, an 8-year-old girl.

Police said the Monday night blast was caused by a lone male bomber who triggered an improvised explosive device at around 10:30 p.m.

"For security reasons, cancel Justin's show in the United Kingdom, I beg you with all my heart, please Scooter Braun", read the first response. "I don't have words".

"I think the greatest thing we can do now is just unite as people, as fan bases, all of it". I don't know that I would let her go to a concert now and I don't anticipate her asking again, at least not for a long time. They also raided the house where Abedi was registered as living, but witnesses say they did not see anyone arrested there.

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