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Victims As Young As 8-Years-Old Killed In Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Attack + Outpouring Of Love & Condolences

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Hours after a horrific bomb exploded at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, 22 have been confirmed dead and The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility.  Details inside, including an outpouring of celebrity love and support for the victims...

UPDATE: [12:24P ET] The suicide bomber has been identified.  The Telegraph reports:

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured dozens more at the Manchester Arena has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, according to US officials. 

Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

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Late last night, news broke that an explosion at the iconic Manchester Arena near London had killed and wounded a vast number of people.  Based on witness accounts, Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman concert was ending and many were leaving the venue when an explosion -- which we now know happened near the entry of the arena -- shook the ground and lit up the arena.

Screaming, running, and even some trampling ensued with people attempting to escape the 21,000-seat arena as quickly as possible.

It has been confirmed as of this morning that 22 are dead, 59 wounded, and The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the horrendous, cowardly act that involved nails being shot at high speed.  Blood was reportedly everywhere with the wounded strewn about.

Allegedly, the British authorities do know the identity of the bomber but are not yet releasing the information.  They also reportedly were tipped off previously about the bomber's involvement in a terrorist group.

The Guardian reports:

Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the responsibility of one man armed with an improvised explosive device. The man is among the dead.

It's disgustingly sad that one of the most vulnerable groups -- kids and teens attending a pop concert -- was targeted (directly or indirectly).  Many of the fatalities are very young and deemed "soft targets".

The Telegraph reports:

The first confirmed fatality was 18-year-old sixth form student Georgina Callender, an Ariana Grande "superfan" from Lancashire who met her idol in 2015 and was excited to see her on stage last night.

An eight-year-old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, was also confirmed as having been killed after becoming separated from her mother and sister.

Incredibly sad.

While Ariana herself is physically unharmed, she is understandably emotionally distraught, in hysterics and inconsolable. She has postponed her tour. She reportedly told her team she can't even think of performing after what has happened to her fans. She tweeted last night:

Celebs, including Drake who just left Europe on his recent tour, have shown an outpouring of love and support for the artist and the victims of this tragedy.

 

 

Heavy Hearted for all who were affected by tonight's senseless attack! Sending prayers up!

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While many parents are still desperately searching for their children, there are fraudulent missing people reports being circulated, so please beware.

 

Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected in any way by this horrific occurrence.

 

Photos: Instagram

 

 

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