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Manchester terror attack: Britain mourns loss of young lives, second victim is identified

News Agencies | Updated on: 24 May 2017, 10:35 IST

The Manchester terrorist attack that claimed 22 innocent lives has shaken people around the world, as the victims in the blast are now beginning to be identified.

Eight-year old Saffie Rose Roussos has been described as "simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word," by the head teacher of her Lancashire school, according the Guardian.

Saffie was one of the 22 who lost their young life in the ruthless terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Saffie's mother and sister were amongst those who were injured in the blast and are admitted in hospital for treatment.

Georgina Callander, 18, had tweeted to Ariana Grande before the concert saying, "So excited to see you tomorrow." She too, was a victim of the senseless terrorism.

As the mayhem continues, desperate parents and relatives continue the search of their family that attended the ill-fated concert.

Reports of Islamic State group claiming responsibility has surfaced as police identified 22 year old U.K. born Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber. Meanwhile, the Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the Manchester Arena bomb attack on 23 may even as Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sickening cowardice" of the perpetrator.

23-year-old Ariana Grande took to Twitter to express her shock and prayers for the families, who have lost their loved ones and apologized for what happened. She wrote, "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words."

Ariana's music label, Universal Media Group also tweeted, "We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight's devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level from severe to 'critical' after the bombing even as investigation continues.


First published: 24 May 2017, 10:35 IST