Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On the Manchester terrorist attack

From ManchesterEveningNews
22 dead, 120 injured in suicide bomber attack at Manchester Arena 
and three victims named - live updates
At least 22 people have been killed and 120 injured after a suspected terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena.

Thousands of gig-goers were packed into the venue to see American singer Ariana Grande when the explosion shook the arena.

Multiple witnesses reported hearing "huge bangs" at the venue shortly after US singer's gig finished at around 10.30pm on Monday evening....

....Salman Abedi perpetrated the worst outrage Britain has seen in a decade just days after returning from Libya, according to The Press Association.

The 22-year-old’s visit to his family’s native country fuelled concerns he was preparing for Monday’s deadly assault under the guidance of hardened jihadists.

The Times reported the Manchester-born bomber spent three weeks in the war-torn north African nation before the attack on Manchester Arena, in which he was killed.

A friend told the paper: “He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago.” ....

From ITV
Manchester terror attack 'should not be hidden from children'
Leading psychiatrists have advised parents not to hide the news of Monday's terror attack at Manchester Arena from their children.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it is best to be honest with youngsters about the incident - taking into consideration the "age and sensitivity" of the child.
They should also reassure children of the rarity of such attacks....

From ITV
What do we know about Manchester attack suspect Salman Abedi?

The suspected Manchester Arena bomber has been confirmed as 22-year-old Salman Abedi by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
He is believed to be of Libyan descent, but born in Manchester.
Abedi was registered as living at Elsmore Road in the city as recently as last year - that is the location where police earlier raided a red-bricked semi-detached property, ordering nearby residents to remain indoors while they carried out a controlled explosion on the front door.

Neighbours said they remembered an abrasive, tall, skinny young man who was little known in the neighbourhood, but often seen in traditional Islamic clothing.
They said the young man at the property had many visitors, one man dropping by regularly to pick him up in a Toyota Yaris....

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