Manchester Bombing 'Act Of Evil', Says City's Mayor Andy Burnham

Manchester Bombing 'Act Of Evil', Says City's Mayor Andy Burnham

Manchester Bombing 'Act Of Evil', Says City's Mayor Andy Burnham

The suicide bomber who attacked the stadium after Ariana Grande's concert does not represent Muslims, in the same way that Thomas Mair, the man who killed Jo Cox does not represent "white Christians", the mayor of Greater Manchester has said. Burnham said he has been to the crime scene, which he called a "harrowing experience", but he said the families of the victims have not had that chance yet.

Police have confirmed a number of children are amongst the dead.

Asked whether the leaks from U.S. officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she "wouldn't go that far".

Burham's Labour counterpart Steve Rotheram, mayor of Liverpool City Region, also sent an impassioned message to the people of Manchester as he said Liverpool "stood shoulder to shoulder with you" after the attack.

"They took me under their wing to run out of the city centre, even though I was slowing them down by being barefooted, to their cousin's vehicle on a retail park near MediaCity to give me a lift home".

In a statement on social media, terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack saying one of its soldiers had "placed bombs among the crowds".

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham arrives to pay his respects for the victims of the Manchester bombing, at St Ann's Square in Manchester, England, May 25, 2017.

New details about Abedi emerged Wednesday, including that he had been known to intelligence services, Rudd told the BBC.

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The United States is one of Britain's key intelligence partners.

Details were quick to emerge from the U.S. in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said "many young children and young people" were among those killed or injured in an attack that "targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation".

"More than 400 officers were involved in this operation during the night".

The Kremlin released a statement on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin: "We firmly condemn this cynical, inhuman crime".

Keeping the suspect's name quiet for longer might have given the police more time to chase up other leads that would otherwise have shut down, he said. "And it has disadvantages, like exposing your own information to more places where it can leak".

Burnham said the investigation is targeting a terror "network" in Manchester and added that those arrested in Britain were previously known to authorities.

"We have to ensure that terrorism never wins. Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives", he said.

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Shortly after, Queen Elizabeth arrived at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to visit some of the 64 people who were injured. Meanwhile, officials probed possible travel by the alleged bomber, looking for clues to new threats.

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