United Kingdom raises security level to 'critical' following Manchester attacks

Elias Hubbard
May 24, 2017

Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday named Abedi as the suicide bomber who struck an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, wounding 59 people in addition to those he killed. Police said the man was arrested in South Manchester.

The terror threat in England has been raised to the highest level it's been since 2007, as fears intensify about the possibility of another attack. "What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased", Hopkins was cited by the Press Association.

On Tuesday, police said Salman Abedi, 22, had carried out the suicide bombing that killed 23 people, including himself. The government was expected to call an emergency Cabinet meeting. Police asked for back up from the army, she said.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos and teenager Georgina Callander were among the first of the 22 victims to be confirmed.

Queen Elizabeth II condemned the Manchester attack as an "act of barbarity" and observed a minute's silence at a Buckingham Palace garden reception.

In my statement earlier today, I said that the police and security services needed to investigate whether or not Abedi was acting alone.

Take That, a Manchester-based pop group, also cancelled their Tuesday night concert in Liverpool, as well as their May 25-27 dates in Manchester "out of respect".

President Donald Trump reacted to the bombing while on a trip in the Middle East, calling those behind it "evil losers". And that's when it all hit us that's how close we were. US officials said they had not yet verified claims that ISIS was responsible.

Other neighbors also said in past years some older adults and younger children had lived in the home, but recently they had only seen a young man.

Thousands of people are turning to Twitter and Facebook to try and trace loved ones who are missing. "It makes me so angry and it breaks my heart that such a young and promising life has been stolen away!"

"She was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working". She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.

"We ran and people were screaming around us and pushing on the stairs to go outside and people were falling down, girls were crying, and we saw these women being treated by paramedics having open wounds on their legs.it was just chaos", said Sebastian Diaz, 19.

Some people left the scene in tears, while others waited outside the mall.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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