Article by: Parker Jalbert and Andres Vargas
Edited by: Carrie Phinney
On May 22nd, 2017, terror unfolded at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. At around 10:30 P.M., a suicide bomber set off a bomb loaded with nuts and bolts acting as shrapnel, killing 23 adults and children, and injuring 116. Police soon identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, a British Muslim with a Libyan background. Following the attack, police arrested 3 men in connection with the bomber, including 23-year-old Ismail Abedi, the brother of the suspected bomber. Soon after, in messages posted online, the extremist Islamic terrorist group ISIS, claimed responsibility for the bombing. This tragedy was the deadliest terror attack in the UK since 7/7 London bombings in July 2005.
|Police responding to Manchester Arena bombing (bbc.com)|
As Ariana Grande’s concert was finishing and the pop star had already exited the stage, people began to file out of the Manchester Arena to go back to hotel rooms or their homes. Around 10:30 PM British Standard Time (BST), or 5:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his improvised explosive using nails and bolts as shrapnel in a foyer where the crowds of people were exiting, killing himself and 23 people and injuring 116 people. One of the people killed was just eight years old. The concertgoers started panicking and chaos soon ensued; parents and siblings scrambling to find their family and get them to safety, bodies, phones, and clothes strewn everywhere, injured people crying out, and soon sirens were wailing in the distance and the Manchester police force was on the scene. Many families devastated over lost loved ones, and some families rushed to the hospital with their injured family members without enough money to stay. Some people could not find their loved ones, and a missing person emergency hotline, 0800 096 0095, was established by the Manchester police. They also established a help center for those who could not find their loved ones at Etihad Stadium access Gate 11 in Manchester. Before an hour passed of the bombing, people in the area started using the hashtag #RoomForManchester to let the families of the bombing’s victims stay at hotel rooms that the locals paid for so they could stay with their injured loved ones. As a response to the attack, Ariana Grande and many other popular performers are performing at the One Love Manchester, which is fundraising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which is a program founded by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross to help fund the costs for the families of the victims of the Manchester Bombing.
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