British police name Manchester attacker as Salman Abedi

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

Ariana Grande has reportedly suspended the remainder of her Dangerous Woman world tour "indefinitely" following the tragic terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last night (May 22nd).

The Guardian reports ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. But Western experts were sceptical, noting it had offered two accounts of the attack partly contradicting each other and the British police version. Police said the bomber died in the blast. "We´re just lucky to have gotten away safely", she said. He was the second youngest of four children.

Hours after the arrest, police set off a controlled explosion and raided a house about 3.5 miles south of the arena.

Manchester remained on high alert, with additional armed police drafted in.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers".

If the incident is confirmed as a terrorist attack it would be the most deadly in Britain since the London subway bombings in 2005. But it will have reverberations far beyond British shores. A European security official told the AP he was British. Most of the 130 dead in the November 2015 attacks in Paris were at the Bataclan concert hall.

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Witnesses related the horror of the Manchester blast, which unleashed a stampede just as the concert ended at what is Europe's largest indoor arena, full to a capacity of 21,000.

"Then we just heard lots of people screaming, and we just ran", she said.

"Everyone just went really quiet".

Many people took to social media and the hashtag #MissingInManchester became a cry for assistance on Twitter.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II marked a moment of silence Tuesday afternoon to honor the victims.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it "will only strengthen our resolve with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds". The bombing took place took place outside the concert venue following the show.

That attack was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. It suggested explosive devices were placed "in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders".

"What comes next", it said, "will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah's permission".

It did not name the bomber, which it usually does in attacks it has ordered, and appeared also to contradict a posting on another Islamic State account, Amaq, which spoke of "a group of attackers". That reference, however, was later removed.

"A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena", said concertgoer Majid Khan, 22.

In Manchester, armed officers were visible in the streets and at major transportation hubs, and London's Metropolitan Police said extra police officers, armed and unarmed, were on duty. Security would be reviewed also for smaller events.

It also fell exactly two months after the vehicle and knife attack near the British Houses of Parliament. The man was shot dead at the scene.

"There was this massive bang".

Train services to and from Manchester Victoria Station - located under the Arena - were cancelled.

"Everyone ran back up the stairs and we eventually got out and they told us to run".

"As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me", Abby Mullen told the Mail. "We can't get through to her". "There were lots of lost children at the Holiday Inn".

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