Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Manchester attack: Concert carnage among worst ever because it targeted children, teens


"The choice of venue, the timing and the mode of attack all suggest this was terrorism", said a USA counter terrorism official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Many parents were waiting for their children in and around the Manchester Arena when the blast rocked the foyer of the venue as thousands of young fans and parents streamed out following the gig on Monday evening.

In a statement released through its social medial channels, IS said one of its "soldiers" had carried out the bombing in which he killed himself. At present, the assailant - identified by USA officials on the condition of anonymity as Salman Abedi - is not known to have left behind any substantive indication as to his choice of venue.

Numerous city's almost quarter-million Muslims dread the seemingly inevitable backlash against their community. Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "I have directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across NY, including our airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems". "But the fact that we have been here before, and the fact that we need to say this again, does not make it any less true".

May, who faces an election in two and a half weeks, said her thoughts were with the victims and their families. Muslim youngsters were in the concert.

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"We should come out and show whoever's done this that it doesn't matter because Manchester, we're glue and we stick together when it counts", he added.

That community is now in mourning. It remained closed on Tuesday. A large portion of the city center was kept behind police cordon, while police evacuated the Arndale shopping center and kept it shut for several hours after reports that police had found a suspicious package in the mall's food court. Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who authorities said died in the attack. Also killed was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos, who a teacher called "simply a handsome little girl in every aspect of the word" who was warm, kind, "and unassuming, with a creative flair".

British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

But we must brace ourselves for what will inevitably emerge in the coming days.

"It was at that point that I made the decision that money isn't everything in life and we're part of Manchester and we need to do our part to make sure these people get home safe and sound", Rotheram said.

The European spree began in France, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage on January 8, 2015, at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

At the MYF, young men shuffle past gathering journalists and file downstairs to attend the midday prayers. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack, though British authorities have said they believe the man was acting alone and it's not clear whether he had any links to the group.

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