Manchester attack: United Kingdom terror threat level raised to critical

I have a 14-year-old daughter who likes Ariana Grande's music and while she had not planned to go to the concert, I was struck by the thought she might have got a ticket at the last minute.

The Tories said they would not be campaigning at local or national level on Wednesday after Mrs May announced that the terror threat level was being increased from severe to critical - meaning another attack could be imminent.

The upgrade comes as authorities try to figure out if the suspected suicide bomber of Monday night's attack, named Salman Abedi, acted alone or as part of a network.

In London, police authorities said additional armed officers would be on the streets of the capital as a precaution.

Soldiers were placed on duty at vulnerable locations including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster.

The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.

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.

On Tuesday evening, thousands attended a vigil for the victims in Albert Square, in front of Manchester's imposing Victorian town hall building.

The explosion Monday in the British arena, which killed 22 people moments after the USA pop idol left the stage, comes a year and a half after another assault claimed by the Islamic State group devastated a rock show at the Bataclan in Paris.

"We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage", Prime Minister Theresa May said a day after Monday's horrific explosion, which left almost 60 others injured.

The schoolgirl, along with eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and teenager Georgina Callander, were among the first of the terrorist's victims to be named. She gave this statement to ABC News: "My mum was an unbelievable lady and wife to my dad Anthony, she cared so much for everybody and did anything for them she was a very elegant person and absolutely adored my son jayden and my child in expecting now".

Witnesses reported seeing bodies on the floor after the blast around 10:30pm (2130 GMT) on Monday, and some fans were trampled as panicked crowds tried to flee the venue.

She said armed forces personnel, who will be under the command of the police, will be visible at "big events" such as football matches and concerts.

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since July 7, 2005 when four suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London's transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people and wounding 700 more.

It revived memories of the November 2015 attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in which armed men wearing explosive belts stormed in and killed 90 people.

Trump said during a visit to Bethlehem: "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers".

Queen Elizabeth II sent her "deepest sympathy" to Manchester bombing victims, adding that the whole nation had been "shocked".

Fans of the city's rival soccer teams Manchester United and Manchester City stood together at the protest.

  • Salvatore Jensen