London: Ariana Grande concert bomber has finally been named by authorities in London. The killer bomber who caused the death of 22 people in the blast and the subsequent stampede has been named as 22-year old Salman Abedi.
Authorities claim that the man detonated a suicide belt strapped to his body towards the end of the concert that was being held at the massive Manchester Arena. Thousands and thousands of people had attended the American singer and actor’s live performance after paying rather huge sums for tickets.
Latest toll according to authorities stands at 22 dead and at least 59 injured. Officials claim that many of the injured are in critical condition and that death toll may go up.
As the UK Prime Minister Theresa May came to the city, Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed the suicide bomber’s identity during a press conference Tuesday. Manchester Police officials claim that the man thought to be the suicide bomber was born and brought up in Britain.
A CBSNews report said that Abedi is thought to have used an improvised explosive device, police said. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. NBC News reported Abedi name could actually be spelled Salmon Ramadan Abedi.
The dead include many women and an eight year old child. Many other people are said to be still missing and their relatives are asking everyone and anyone about them. Reports suggest that police were called at 22:33 BST and streets surrounding the arena and Victoria Station were sealed off.
A BBC report while detailing the incident and its aftermath said that more than 240 emergency calls were made; 60 ambulances and 400 police officers attended. “After the attack hundreds of people in Manchester took to social media to offer spare beds and rooms for those stranded in the city…Ariana Grande, who had just left the stage when the blast happened in the foyer, has expressed her sorrow at the deaths…Police say a lone male suicide bomber detonated a home-made bomb, and died at the scene. Theresa May said he deliberately chose the place where he could cause “maximum carnage” near the exit as people left” BBC report said.
A CBSNews report while detailing the sequence says that Abedi blew himself up at the arena. The same report goes on to add that the bomber took the Tube to Victoria Station, went to the ticket area of the arena and detonated an explosive device as people left the concert. Investigators found ball bearings at the scene and have traced the bomber’s movements through CCTV cameras.
An eyewitness told the Guardian what he witnessed, “I was in the toilet and heard a loud bang just after the concert had finished and people had started to leave. The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run. I seen people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way. Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers. Reports of blood and people injured. In so much shock and panic. You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you. I just had to run and make sure me and my sister were safe”.