Manchester Arena Bomber ‘Should’ve Been Identified As Threat’, Inquiry Finds
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.
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.
The inquiry holds individuals part of the arena’s security as well as local police responsible for these failures.
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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