Manchester Attack: West Midlands Response

23 May 2017, 09:28

Manchester Arena attack

22 people, including children, have been killed after a suicide bombing at a Manchester Arena concert.

64 people were also injured when the bomb went off at the end of an Ariana Grande gig on Monday night.

The 23-year-old American singer was performing as part of her Dangerous Woman tour when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device.

The singer said on Twitter she is "broken" after the terror attack. 

The first victim to be named over the attack is 18 year old Georgina Callander. She was at the concert last night and had met the singer back in 2015 which she posted on her Instagram:

Insta Georgina Callendar

So called Islamic State is claiming to have carried out the attack: 

Three new arrests have been made in connection with the Manchester Arena suicide bombing. A 23 year old man was already being questioned in connection with Monday's attack. 

The attacker has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi - a British born man with Libyan heritage, but the Home Secretary says it seems likely he wasn't acting alone.

The terror threat level have been raised to 'criticial' overnight meaning another attack could be imminent. 

It will see solidiers at the key sites across the UK.

West Midlands police have told Heart they are looking at how they police such events after what happened in Manchester: 

Venues across the West Midlands have been responding including the Barclaycard Arena and the Genting Arena

 

West Midlands Ambulance sent a team from across the region to help the Cheshire team with day to day so they could respond to events in Manchester. 

The Prime Minister and World Leaders have been paying tribute

Donald Trump has called the suicide bomber an 'evil loser' 

A vigil will be held in Birmingham on Tuesday evening from 6:30pm in Victoria Square, Birmingham Library ill be lit up in red, white & blue with flags flying at half past above council houses.

Music stars have also been sending thoughts to those affected including Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue:

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