Tragedy in Manchester: 22 dead and 59 hurt in suicide bomb attack

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An injured woman after the blast (CREDIT: Joel Goodman/LNP)

A total of 22 people have been killed, with 59 injured in a suicide bombing that took place at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester.

A man set off a homemade bomb inside the Manchester Arena in the foyer at 22:33BST on Monday. Police have since arrested a man in Chorlton, south Manchester, who has apparent links to the attack. Islamic State have since claimed responsibility for the attack.

An emergency phone number for those missing relatives has been set up – 0800 096 0095.

In a statement from Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May said that: “This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the UK 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.”

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester’s Mayor, is set to meet Theresa May later on Tuesday in Manchester, along with Ian Hopkins – the Manchester Police constable.

World leaders have stood in solidarity with the UK, with President Trump saying in a speech in Bethlehem that: “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. I will call them losers,”.

Afterwards, President Trump phoned Theresa May, acknowledging the strong relationship between the US and the UK, whilst condemning the latest attack.

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CREDIT: Twitter/@BBCJohnSopel

Saffie Roussos, aged 8, has been named amongst the victims of the heinous attack, along with student Georgina Callendar – believed to be aged 18.

 

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Author: Thomas Parkes

Hi, my name is Thomas Parkes. I'm currently a student at the City of Wolverhampton College, studing the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

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