Some of the 22 bombing victims in the horrific attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., have been identified.
Among the carnage from Monday’s blast were a 14-year-old, 15-year-old, 8-year-old, and a police officer.
The bombing injured a total of 119 people. The attacker has been identified as Salman Abedi, who has ties to the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the bombing that sprayed the crowd at the Manchester Arena with projectiles from an improvised explosive device.
Abedi’s father told the Associated Press his son his innocent.
“We don’t believe in killing innocents,” Ramadan Abedi said. “This is not us.”
However, according to reports, a former Libyan security official said Ramadan Abedi has ties to al-Qaeda and was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the ’90s.
Ramadan and another son were arrested Wednesday in Libya.
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Monday’s bombing happened at the end of the Ariana Grande concert as the crowd was making its way toward the doors. As the device was detonated, screws, nails, bolts, and other shrapnel were strewn about the arena. The blast shut down Manchester’s public transportation as police and medical personnel scrambled to find the source.
Ariana Grande was not injured. She responded to the bombing on Twitter.
“Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words,” Grande tweeted.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the incident a callous attack.
“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage,” May said.
The identity of the police officer, along with names of others, has not been released.
Georgina Callander, 18
Callander was an aspiring student at Rushaw College, where she was studying health care and social work. She told her social media followers over the weekend her plans to attend the Ariana Grande show. Callander met the pop star two years ago.
Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8
Saffie-Rose Roussos was described as a creative little girl who was “loved by everyone.”
John Atkinson, 26
John Akinson was on his way out of the Machester arena when the bombing occurred. According to his friends, he was a “beautiful soul.”
Kelly Brewster, 32
Kelly Brewster attended the Ariana Granda concert with her sister, Claire, and 11-year-old niece, Hollie. Kelly died while shielding Hollie from the blast. Claire suffered a broken jaw; Hollie broke both legs. They are expected to recover from their injuries. Brewster had just bought a house before the bombing.
Megan Hurley, age unknown
Megan Hurley was a student at Halewood Church of England Primary School, according to reports.
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Olivia Campbell, 15
Olivia Campbell was a student at the Tottingham Hill School. She attended the Ariana Grande concert with a friend. Her mother reported Olivia’s death Tuesday on social media.
Marcin and Angelika Klis, ages unknown
Polish couple Marcin and Angelika Klis were at the Manchester Arnea to pick up their daughters. The girls were not injured in the blast. Marcin and Angelika were both Polish nationals.
Nell Jones, 14
A student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School & Sixth Form College, Nell Jones was at the concert with a friend. Her friend was treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Jane Tweddle, age unknown
Jane Tweddle was a receptionist at the South Shore Academy. She leaves three children.
Martyn Hett, 29
Martyn Hett was killed when he left his seat during the show to go to a bar near the Manchester Arena, according to reports. An employee of Rumpus Media, Hett appeared on two reality shows.
Alison Howe and Lisa Lees, ages unknown
Mothers Alison Howe and Lisa Lees were in the Manchester Arena lobby waiting for their children when the bomb went off.
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