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On 22 May 2017, a suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, during a concert by American singer Ariana Grande as part of her 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour. The concert was sold out, and 14,200 people attended. Many exiting concert-goers and waiting parents were in the foyer at the time of the explosion. Greater Manchester Police declared the incident a terrorist attack and suicide bombing. The attacker was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British Muslim who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena after the event. Twenty-three adults and children, including Abedi, were killed and 116 were injured, some critically. Abedi was initially suspected of working within a terrorist network, and various people were arrested in connection with the incident. Police later said they believed he had largely acted alone. The blast killed the attacker, and 22 concert-goers and parents who were in the entrance waiting to pick up their children following the show; 116 people were injured. As of 26 May 2017, 75 people remained in hospital, 23 of them, including five children, in critical care.The dead included ten people under 20, the youngest an eight-year-old girl. North West Ambulance Service reported that 60 of its ambulances attended the scene, carried 59 people to local hospitals, and treated a number of walking wounded on site. Of those hospitalised, 12 were children under the age of 16. It was the deadliest attack in the United Kingdom since the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

Then On 3 June 2017, 10:08 pm three people conducted another terrorist attack in two locations in central London. The attack began At around 10:08 pm BST, when a white van travelling north to south across London Bridge mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians. Police began evacuating all buildings within the vicinity of the bridge. London Bridge station was also closed at the request of the police. Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations were also closed. Police at the cordon confirmed that there had been fatalities. The Metropolitan Police dispatched boats onto the River Thames, with assistance from the RNLI, to contribute to the evacuation of the area. A witness reported the attackers shouted “This is for Allah.”

After their van crashed outside the Barrow Boy and Banker pub on Borough High Street the three attackers, wearing fake suicide vests, ran to Stoney Street adjoining Borough Market, where they stabbed four people in the Borough Bistro pub. The attack occurred shortly after the incident on the bridge. The pub-goers attempted to defend themselves by throwing bottles, chairs and other items at the attackePeople in and around a number of other restaurants, including Brindisa, El Pastor, Roast, Black and Blue and the Wheatsheaf pub were also attacked. Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack. Three suspects were shot dead by police. The Metropolitan Police declared the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks to be “terrorist incidents”. Multiple explosions subsequently heard near Borough Market were confirmed to be controlled explosions.

The attack is the third to have taken place in Great Britain since the beginning of 2017. In March 2017, a man killed five people in a combined vehicle and knife attack at Westminster, and 22 people were killed in the Manchester Arena in a May 2017 suicide bombing. Following the latter incident, the UK Threat Level for terrorism in the country was raised to “critical”, meaning an attack was “expected imminently”, but was reduced back to “severe”, meaning an attack was “highly likely”, after five days. It stood at “severe” at the time of the June attacks.

Following the suicide bombing pop star Ariana Grande announced that she would host a benefit concert in Manchester. with free tickets offered to those who attended the show on 22 May. with net proceeds of the concert going to British Red Cross’s We Love Manchester emergency fund to raise funds to support families of those injured and killed in the Manchester Arena attack, So far Over £2 million has been raised .

The concert, entitled “One Love Manchester”, will take place on 4 June at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and will be broadcast live on television and radio.The line-up for Ariane Grande’s defiant Manchester terror attack benefit gig includes Take That, Robbie Williams, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Usher, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. The concert will be hosted by Scott Mills, Jo Whiley, Phil Williams and Becky Want. And broadcast on BBC TV and Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Manchester and Capital Radio. Broadcasters in at least 38 countries have confirmed they will screen One Love Manchester live, despite the time zone differences. TV networks in China, the US, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Canada and Australia will also broadcast the show.

Liam Gallagher also performed his first solo gig in Manchester, a week after a suicide bombing in the city. The former Oasis frontman arrive on stage to beer-soaked delirium and launched into a raucous version of the Oasis song Rock’n’Roll Star. Liam sang many Oasis classics – including Slide Away, Rock’n’Roll Star and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, Live Forever and Don’t Look Back in Anger. Together with songs from his debut solo album, As You Were, including new solo single Wall of Glass. Among the audience at the 1,400 capacity crowd at O2 Ritz was the Mancunian former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.


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