What is known about suspected Manchester attacker Abedi

Owen Stevens
May 24, 2017

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militants' communications, also provided a translation of the claim.

Earlier, ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing although this claim has yet to be confirmed.

May said "many" had life-threatening injuries.

Joan Grande has not commented on the incident or her actions.

Authorities believe they know the identity of the assailant, she added, "but at this stage of their investigations, we can not confirm his name".

Police on Tuesday said they conducted raids in Manchester connected to the attack, and conducted a "controlled explosion" in the Fallowfield area where Abedi lived.

Mrs May said significant resources have been poured into a fast-moving probe to determine if the attacker acted alone or belonged to a wider conspiracy.

While claiming responsibility on its Telegram account, the group appeared to contradict the police description of a suicide bomber.

Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead after the explosion at Manchester Arena.

"We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage", she said.

Terrified fans, many of them teenage girls, fled the arena in panic.

Outside, she said, "you could smell the burning". Well into Tuesday morning, fathers and mothers who had lost contact with their children posted desperate pleas for information on social media using the hashtag #ManchesterMissing.

Manchester resident Charlotte Campbell told CNN as she was still waiting for news on her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia.

"I do not want to unduly alarm the members of the public", May said from Downing Street.

"After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most hard of dawns", Mayor Andy Burnham told reporters.

He said that Manchester is "grieving today, but we are strong".

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A European security official said Abedi was a Briton of Libyan descent.

The U.N. Security Council condemned "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack" and expressed solidarity with Britain in the fight against terrorism.

Grande, who is wildly popular both in Britain and the United States, was not injured in the attack.

Grande, who was not injured in the blast, tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

The local hospital, Wythenshawe, said it was dealing with "mass casualties".

The concert was attended by thousands of young music fans in northern England. On Twitter, people offered a place to stay for those stranded in the city, using the hashtag #RoomForManchester.

Police identified the man as Salman Abedi, 22.

He later found them, uninjured.

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

Jake Taylor, a former security guard at the arena, said its layout makes absolute safety impossible, as it is housed in the bustling Victoria train station.

Police also said officials arrested a man at the Arndale shopping center in central Manchester - but that the arrest is not believed to be connected to Monday night's attack.

The bombing also elicited painful memories of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, where most of the 130 killed were at the Bataclan concert hall. Islamic State has repeatedly called for attacks as retaliation for Western involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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

The blast marked the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings. "I thought he worked in a takeaway or something" because of his late hours, Kinsey said.

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