November 19 2017

Ariana Grande Cancels Tour Dates Following Manchester Attack

November 19 2017, 06:50 | Clarence Walton

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Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: "The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network".

Blondie cancelled a Tuesday night concert in London "as a mark of respect for the victims of the awful attack" at the Manchester Arena. "They're not looking around, they're not checking out their environment, they're not looking for a police officer with a machine gun".

On the stage Monday night was Ariana Grande, the 23-year-old USA megastar - and self-styled "dangerous woman" - famous for lyrics that seek to champion female power and routines that exalt the female body.

Another arrest was made later in Wigan of a man carrying a suspect package.

Ms Rudd said the move was temporary but refused to be drawn on how long the heightened state of alert would remain in place.

Prime Minister Theresa May raised Britain's terrorism threat level to the highest level of "critical" late Tuesday, meaning a further attack is likely or "imminent".

The suicide bomber in Monday night's terrorist attack in Manchester, England has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

In the last two years, mass killings claimed or inspired by the Islamic State have become a chilling reality in Western Europe: unexpected and impromptu truck attacks, bombings and shootings, in Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin and London.

"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act", Braun said in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday evening. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, said the 15-year-old attended the concert with her best friend from school.

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Ariana Grande Cancels Tour Dates Following Manchester Attack

"A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena, " said 22-year-old concertgoer Majid Khan.

She said the explosions rang out as soon as Grande left the stage.

"We didn't speak but just nodded to each other".

"We are as much of a target as Manchester", he said.

"The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena".

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again".

Saffie has since been described by her school as "simply a lovely little girl in every aspect of the word".

"When we left, down the stairs there was probably early teenagers lying on the floor covered in blood and blood on the walls where they'd been laid, so it was just horrifying", female concert-goer Alex Grayson told AFP. "It felt like an eternity", Harries said, but it "couldn't have been more than two, three minutes from in our seats to outside of the arena". On Wednesday the Metropolitan Police Service in London said that the public should expect to "see more armed officers" patrolling the streets in response to the elevated terrorist threat levels.

In one case, several social media users spread a false rumor that as many as 60 unaccompanied children were being sheltered at a Holiday Inn not far from the attack. A USA government official told Reuters that investigators were looking into whether Mr. Abedi had recently travelled to Libya, and whether he had any contact with Islamic State militants there.

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