Manchester attack: Who is Salman Abedi?

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

Grande had not been seen publicly since an explosion ripped through the packed Manchester Arena at the end of her performance there.

A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people and wounded 59 Monday night. "It's an extraordinary stance but it's very well practiced".

At one of the scenes where police raided an apartment, heavily armed men were guarding what one resident described as a "very, very quiet" area.

The mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell - who attended the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England, with a friend - said on a Facebook post that her daughter is among the dead. A "follow-on" attack is possible, the official said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for what it called revenge against "Crusaders", but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation. The threat level also reached critical in 2006 and 2007.

Earlier in the day, May denounced the "callous terrorist attack" that she labelled as "among the worst terrorism we have experienced in the United Kingdom". Some of the 22 people who died in the attack were teens or young girls. Sadly, she got confirmation on the evening of May 23 that she didn't need to search any longer and that Olivia was among the 22 innocent victims killed in the cowardly attack.

May and other politicians temporarily suspended campaigning in the wake of the suicide bombings.

The Guardian reported that Abedi "is thought to have been known to both the police and the security services" prior to the attack. "But today, with the exception of journalists and curious locals, it is very quiet", he said.

Manchester's mayor and police chief were among the speakers at the vigil which was held in front of city hall in Albert Square.

Manchester, Britain's third biggest city, was hit in 1996 by a massive vehicle bomb planted at a shopping centre by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that wounded more than 200 people.

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