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Manchester suicide bomber used improvised explosives and had planned attack for months

Manchester suicide bomber used improvised explosives and had 'planned attack for months'


THE Manchester Arena terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert was carried out by a suicide bomber armed with an improvised explosive device (IED).
Children are among the dead following the worst attack on the UK since the July 2007 bombings in London.
Families were heading for the exits of the concert at the famous venue at the end of the concert when the attacker detonated his device.
Witnesses have described how they heard a huge blast and everyone "screaming and running" before they were told to "run".
One mother told how she smelt burning near the main foyer, where it is believed the attack took place.
Terror experts warned that this was not a lone attack but was planned and prepared.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told a press briefing at 7am children were among those killed in the attack.
It was carried out by one man carrying an improvised explosive device (IED), who also died on the scene, he confirmed.
He urged the public "not to speculate" the identity of the attacker.
Pop singer Miss Grande Tweeted she was "broken" and had "no words" following the devastating attack.
The dozens of victims injured in the attack are being treated at hospitals across Greater Manchester, and a hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for.
A large cordon remains in place around the arena and nearby Manchester Victoria Station, which was evacuated during the incident and remains closed, while forensic investigators gather evidence.
A Greater Manchester Police statement said: "There remains a large cordon in place around Manchester Arena and Victoria Train Station which will be in place for some time.
“The station will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway and people should plan their route to work and follow Transport for Greater Manchester for updates.”
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