At least 22 people massacred, 12 of them children, more than 100 injured
Desperate relatives were still searching Tuesday for loved ones who have not been seen since the suicide bomb attack in Manchester Arena on Monday night that slaughtered 22 people, 12 of them children, and injured more than 100 others.
A savage load of shrapnel ripped into young music fans when the bomb was detonated in the foyer area of the arena moments after a concert by the American popstar Ariana Grande had ended.
Among those killed were the parents who had accompanied their youngsters to the concert, or who were picking them up.
It was the worst terrorist attack in Britain since four suicide bombers with rucksacks full of explosives blew up a part of central London on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people and injuring hundreds more.
After the Manchester attack, a “broken” Ariana Grande, 23, cancelled her tour and flew back to her home in Boca Raton, Florida, on a private jet.
She was joined by her mother Joan, who is being hailed as a hero after she helped escort a group of young concertgoers backstage to safety.
ISIS took credit for the Monday night massacre, with authorities identifying Salman Abedi, 22, a British-born Libyan jihadist known to British authorities as the suicide bomber.
Thousands of Manchester residents attended a vigil at Albert Square in the city centre Tuesday night to remember those who died.
A beautiful little girl
The youngest victim was eight-year-old Saffie Roussos.
“Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word,” said Chris Upton, the headteacher of her school, Tarleton Community Primary. “She was loved by everyone for her warmth and kindness.”