Suicide Bomber In Manchester Terror Attack Identified; 8-Year-Old Girl Victim Named
The suicide bomber behind for the horrific explosions in the Ariana Grande in Manchester Arena on Monday night has been named. It was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to the British police prior to the attack.
The terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has also claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack in an otherwise sold-out peaceful concert of an American pop superstar. The terror attack has killed 22 people and injured almost 60 others.
Officials also said one man was arrested Tuesday in southern Manchester likewise related to the the terror attack. Authorities have urged people to avoid the center of the city as several raids continued at addresses around the city.
Focus of interest to authorities now is to find out whether the suicide bomber was acting alone, or was part of a wider group. U.S. intelligence officials have offered assistance in the ongoing probe, as is the usual practice in any huge case involving a close ally as the UK.
Manchester police confirmed the arrest of a 23-year-old man in the southern Chorlton neighborhood of the city on the morning of Tuesday. The suspect taken into custody was not named, but the police said the arrest is still in relation to the bombing. Witnesses said the man was even smiling when he was apprehended.
ISIS has called on its supporters in the West several times in the past to attack “soft targets” like sports events and concerts “in any way possible.”
Children are among those tragically killed in the attack, including an eight-year-old girl who was unfortunately separated from her mother and sister during the chaos following the blast. The child-victim was identified as Saffie-Rose Roussos who died from injuries. Her mother Lisa and older sister Ashlee are still being treated for shrapnel injuries in separate hospitals.
Saffie’s school has expressed sadness and devastation for the loss of their young student. The headteacher at Saffie’s school, Chris Upton, said Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She also said that Saffie was loved by everyone.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Saffie’s school, Tarleton Community Primary School said that the thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking. The school also said Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.