Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead, 59 injured

Day 1 of the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack

At least 22 people are dead and around 59 have been injured, including 12 children, after an explosion at a concert arena in Manchester.

The attack happened at 10.30pm on Monday 22 May in the Manchester Arena.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) believe the attack was carried out by a single suicide bomber, who also died.

GMP also arrested a 23-year-old man in Fallowfield, South Manchester in connection with the attack.

Speaking before the announcement, GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We have been treating this as a terrorist attack”

The attacker was first named by US media some time before UK papers late on Tuesday 23 May as Salman Abedi. The man is reported to be a British man of Libyan heritage. The source for this is US, rather than British, intelligence.

The victims were young concertgoers and their parents. Victims include the 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

The Prime Minister Theresa May earlier said that the country’s “thoughts and prayers” were with those affected by the attack.

She said: “It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.

“This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom, and although it is not the first-time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worst ever to hit the north of England”.

GMP have released a casualty bureau number 0800 096 0095.

TNT News Yasin Chinembiri

 

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