Police on Tuesday named a young man - reportedly British-born of Libyan descent - as the suspect behind a suicide bombing that ripped into young fans at a concert in Manchester killing 22 including an eight-year-old girl. News, Ariana later boarded a private plane with her mother, Joan (who had taken some concertgoers backstage to safety after the explosion went off), and returned to Boca Raton, Florida, her hometown.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Manchester police named Abedi at a press conference Tuesday, but said no other information would be released until the coroner made a formal identification.
Hayley Lunt was staying at a hotel nearby and had taken her 10-year-old daughter Abigail to her first concert at Manchester Arena on Monday evening. Three of those killed have been identified.
The terrorist strike was the worst in the history of Manchester and northern England, and the worst in Britain since 2005, when 52 people died, along with four attackers, in coordinated assault on London's transit system. "She just wants to be with her family and loved ones right now".
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Other recent attacks in Europe have included vehicles driven into crowds in Berlin and Stockholm, coinciding with an offensive on IS holdouts in Syria and Iraq by US, British and other Western forces. Fifty-nine people were injured in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called "a callous terrorist attack".
Queen Elizabeth II condemned the Manchester attack as an "act of barbarity" and observed a minute's silence at a Buckingham Palace garden reception. Britain's threat level for global terrorism has for some time been at its second-highest, indicating that an attack had been considered highly likely.
U.S. President Donald Trump, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers".
"It has involved a lot of planning, it's a bit of a step up", said Mr Chris Phillips, a former leader of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office in Britain.
Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center.