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Britain raises terror threat level after concert carnage

24 May 2017

Islamic State, now being driven from territories in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed armed forces, claimed responsibility for what it called a revenge attack against "Crusaders".

According to the Sky News broadcaster, the political parties took unanimous decision to put the campaigning activities on hold.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced today that the country's terror threat level had been raised to critical - the highest possible ranking, meaning soldiers could be "deployed at certain events such as concerts and sports matches". Witnesses said they saw bolts and other bits of metal, indicating the bomb may have contained shrapnel meant to maximize injuries.

Abedi was a British citizen of Libyan descent, said a European security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about ongoing investigations.

"It brings out the people's good spirit", White said, referring to the sense of solidarity that could be felt throughout the city in the wake of the attack. Many of those killed and injured in the blast were children and teenagers, police said.

Grande has yet to comment publicly on the bombing, but she did tweet out her condolences a short time after the attack.

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The injured mother of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, the youngest known victim of the Manchester attack, is believed to be unaware her daughter is dead, a friend has said.

Alan Kinsey, 52, who lives across the street from the raided house, filmed at least 20 heavily armed police in helmets and armor march down the street, surround the house and blast down the door before entering.

Vigils have taken place all over the United Kingdom to honour those killed and injured during the Manchester attack.

Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for information about people who had not been accounted for.

"I've called the hospitals".

The blast occurred just after the concert came to close on Monday evening at one of the venue's exits.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II marked a moment of silence to honor the victims.

"There were people lying on the floor everywhere".

In support of Manchester, the City leadership and the Chief Constable of Manchester we can confirm that all live shows at our venues will be going ahead tonight as planned.

Singer Grande, 23, said on Twitter she was devastated: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

President Donald Trump said the victims in Wednesday's attack were killed by "evil losers in life". More than 200 people were injured, though no one was killed.

The authorities have said they are treating the attack as a suicide bombing carried out by a lone terrorist, but have not yet confirmed a motive.

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Britain's third biggest city was hit in 1996 by a massive vehicle bomb planted at a shopping centre by Irish Republican Army paramilitaries which wounded more than 200 people.