Manchester Arena Bomber ‘Should’ve Been Identified As Threat’, Inquiry Finds

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Manchester Arena Bomber ‘Should’ve Been Identified As Threat’, Inquiry FindsPA Images

An inquiry into the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing has found that bomber Salman Abedi should have been identified as a threat.

The harrowing ordeal took place at the end of an Ariana Grande concert where Abedi detonated a homemade bomb that killed 22 people and injured hundreds.


The youngest victim was eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos, who died from her injuries.

Manchester arena bombing memorial (PA)PA Images

Over four years on from the bombing, inquiry chairman Sir John Saunders said today, June 17, that Abedi should have been identified as a threat. The inquiry also highlighted several opportunities where security could have intervened but failed to do so.

Saunders added that it would have been likely that Abedi would have still detonated the bomb even if he was confronted, but ‘the loss of life and injury is highly likely to have been less’ if he had been, BBC News reports.


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The inquiry holds individuals part of the arena’s security as well as local police responsible for these failures.

Sir John Saunders, Chair of the Inquiry, arrives at Manchester Magistrates Court (PA)PA Images

The inquiry, which began in September 2020, had the first stage of its results released today. Stage 2 will be released later this year, while the third and final stage will be released at a later date.

Abedi could not be held responsible for the attack as he also died in the blast, but his brother, Hashem Abedi, was found guilty in March 2020 of plotting to cause an explosion likely to endanger life, and of 22 counts of murder relating to the attack. He was sentenced to at least 55 years behind bars.


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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: News, Ariana Grande, Attack, Manchester, UK


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    Manchester Arena Inquiry: Bomber 'should have been identified as a threat