Twenty-two people were killed when a lone suicide bomber detonated a device in the foyer of Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Al-Othman is reporting from Manchester.
What We Know So Far:
- At least 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night. Seventy-five people were hospitalised, with 23 still in critical care as of Thursday, NHS England said.
- Police said suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer of Manchester Arena at 10.30 p.m. on Monday, just as Grande was finishing her set. This is what we know about Abedi so far.
- A total of eight people have been arrested in relation to the attack, including one of Abedi’s brothers. On Thursday, Manchester’s police chief labelled these arrests “significant” and said a series of raids had uncovered items important to the investigation. The suspect’s father and another brother were also reportedly detained in Libya Wednesday.
- On Wednesday, police said it had “become clear” Abedi was “part of a network we are investigating.” ISIS has claimed that one of its members carried out the attack.
- Greater Manchester police have said they will stop sharing information with US intelligence after a series of leaks.
- Authorities on Tuesday evening raised the threat level from severe to critical. This is what the raised threat level means in practice.
- Most of the 22 victims have been publicly identified. The youngest was an 8-year-old girl.
- Hoaxes and fake news related to the attack have been circulating on social media. However, people in Manchester have responded to Monday’s events with acts of kindness.