Eminem Donates To Manchester Bombing Victims, Photos Of Suspect Salman Abedi On Night Of Attack Released

Eminem recently made donations for the victims of the tragic Manchester bombing, it has been reported.

Following the violent attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester Arena on Monday evening, the Manchester Evening News, in coordination with the British Red Cross, have launched a fundraising campaign for the families of those who were killed and hurt.

A JustGiving page has been set up for the #westandtogethermanchester charitable campaign, which aims to raise over $2 million (£2,000,000). All proceeds will be given to the families of the victims to assist them with their expenses.

Eminem, one of the project’s biggest supporters, reportedly donated an undisclosed amount of money. Apparently, the 44-year-old rapper is keen to give a hand to the victims and their grieving families.

The “Lose Yourself” rapper also urged his 20.8 million followers on Twitter to join him in helping out. In a recent post, Eminem encouraged his fans to make a donation: “Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families, Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk”

Eminem is scheduled to be the final headline act at this year’s Leeds and Reading Festival over the weekend of August 25 to 27. The rapper will perform alongside other music artists including Kasabian and Muse.

The rap icon is the newest addition to the long list of Hollywood celebrities who continue to show their support for the people affected by the terrorist attack. Other celebrities also pledged their support for the fundraising project, including Justin Timberlake. The 36-year-old singer made a contribution and helped raise awareness about the issue.

The “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer also took to Twitter and reached out to his fans, asking them to join him in showing the much-needed support in this trying time.

On the other hand, the Manchester United and Manchester City teamed up to gather £1 million to assist the victims of the horrific bombing attack. The joint fund will be merged with the #westandtogethermanchester campaign.

As of this writing, the campaign already gained £1,787,476 with over 52,000 supporters, reaching 89 percent of its target. And with celebrities expressing their support, it is expected that the fundraising project will continue to get more donations in the next days to come.

Meanwhile, other artists also made their own ways of extending their help to the victims and their families. Actor Tom Hardy has reportedly set up his own fundraising page in aid of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. Fans of the English actor have already given nearly £28,000 (over $30,000) so far.

The actor described the Manchester attack as an “inconceivable atrocity.” He also added, “there will be much to do and for many, the beginning of a new life without those that they love and also a new life damaged irrevocably by the actions of a crime which has no reason, no heartfelt purpose but was simply a cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence. A road to recovery unimaginable.”

Recently, the British authorities have revealed several updates on the Manchester bombing incident, which left 22 dead and 59 injured. According to reports, the forensic teams were able to identify Salman Abedi as the one responsible for the violent attack.

The authorities have released a photo of Abedi taken minutes before the attack. It has been reported that the police have gathered information about Abedi, “his associates, his finances, the places he had been, and how the device was built and the wider conspiracy” surrounding the attack but have not released the details yet.

It was also revealed that the authorities have served 17 warrants and arrested 13 people in relation to the attack. In addition, 1,000 personnel were involved in the investigation.

Salman Abedi was the U.K.-born son of two Libyan immigrants. It has been alleged that Abedi’s father and younger brother were detained in Libya for plotting an attack in Tripoli.

As for Salman, the 22-year-old suspect has been known for his extreme views on terrorism. A recent report by The Guardian revealed that five years ago, Abedi’s friends called a counter-terrorism hotline to report on his bothering beliefs and behavior. The report also noted that the suspect was known as “disagreeable and slow in school.” Abedi was also known for his “partying.” In 2011, it has been alleged that he traveled back to Libya with his father to fight for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group against the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The British authorities are now asking people who may have spotted Abedi on the night of the attack to come forward and provide more information that could help their investigation.

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