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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Britain reels in Shock ...PM increase Threat level to Critical

Theresa May, UK prime minister has declared that the threat level has been raised from severe to critical, meaning authorities believe a further attack is imminent. Consequently, up to 5,000 soldiers will be deployed to assist police on the streets of the UK under what has been themed 'Operation Temperer'.
 
Armed police patrol near Victoria station in Manchester following the bombing

Thousands of young fans and their families on Monday night were filing out of Europe's largest indoor arena when the explosion ripped through the crowds, sparking panic. Screams rang out through the venue and victims described seeing smoke and being thrown across the floor by the blast.

Someone had just detonated a homemade explosive device packed with nuts and bolts at about 10:30pm, near the foyer of the Manchester Arena, shortly after Miss Grande (a 23-year old US singer) had finished her performance.
 
A Google Earth picture showing the exact the explosion area
UK Government response? 
Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency Cobra meeting on Tuesday morning before travelling to Manchester to meet Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins. She visited Manchester town hall to read tributes and sign a book of condolence as people began gathering outside for a vigil in Albert Square.

Mrs May told the press: "The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain - a spirit that through years of conflict and terrorism has never been broken and will never be broken." Outlining the increased risk later in the day, Mrs May said: “It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.”

She described the bombing as “one of the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom” and said it “stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice – deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives”.
 
Some of the faces lost in the attack - Saffie Rousos (left) and Georgina Callander Composite (right)
Mrs May said of the 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. But we can continue to resolve to thwart such attacks in future, to take on and defeat the ideology that often fuels this violence, and if there turn out to be others responsible for this attack, to seek them out and bring them to justice.


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