Suspected Manchester bomber identified as Salman Abedi
- Author: Julie Sanders May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 6:05
Abedi is thought to have been of Libyan origin and born in Manchester.
Alan Kinsey, 52, who lives across the street, said his neighbor would often get picked up by another young man in a Toyota and often returned late at night.
Ariana Grande, 23, later said on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words". "It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out".
You dont think its something thats going to happen when you go.it was such a nice, fun concert..
The prime minister condemned the attack for its "appalling sickening cowardice" and for "deliberately targeting innocent defenceless children and young people".
A second victim was also identified by Lancashire County Council as eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland.
Sophie Tedd, from Darlington, a town about 110 miles away in northeastern England, told the Northern Echo, " suddenly there was this big bang in the block next to us. Campbell's 15-year-old daughter, Olivia, had attended the show with a friend who was wounded and being treated in a hospital.
She said the explosions rang out as soon as Grande left the stage.
Parker said he rushed to help a little girl who had become separated from her mother in the foyer.
Investigators described it as "Islamist-related terrorism" but said they may never know why he did it and have not charged anyone else in relation to the incident. The city was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center. "I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this terrible event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured", the Queen said in the statement.
A number of the ITV programme's cast members took to both Twitter and Instagram to condemn the "horrendous" and "grotesque" attack that killed 22 people and injured 59 others.
"I looked to my right and there was just a decomposed body", the teen, Natalie Sully, said on ABC News' "Good Morning America".
Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains cancelled. "What should have been a happy occasion has ended like this, it is just tragic", witness Stephanie Hill told AFP.
"Someone came through the doors, then bang", he said.
The Park Inn, one of the hotels directly across from the Manchester Arena, was still filled with families checking out Tuesday, a lot of them mothers accompanied by one or two young girls.
"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act", the sombre black and white picture statement read.
"So sad to hear the news from Manchester".