The New York Times reported that British authorities stated that the terrorist bomber named Salman Abedi conducted a massive explosion. The bomb was hidden in a trivial metal container, which was then placed in a blue Karrimor backpack or a black vest. The authorities also said the attacker may have used a switch during the bombing attack in Manchester.
Photographs were placed together from the crime scene and distributed by British officers. However, the evidence does not signify the type or size of the device’s main charge. Although, law enforcement agencies stated that it was made with care and foresight.
Images of rivets and metal nuts boosted from the detonation, illustrated that the device’s rough-and-ready shrapnel left deep scrapes in brick walls. The bombing broke through metal doors. The images also captured pictures of the adjacent damage.
A review of the blast site showed that numerous fatalities occurred in a circle around Abedi. The circle of fire was near the Manchester Arena entrance.
One explosive disposal technician stated, “the powerful, highly-velocity charge was evenly and carefully packed.” The explosion propelled Abedi away from the bombing attack in Manchester.
Other Terrorist Attacks in Western Europe
The New York Times listed some of the attacks in Western Europe that are connected to the State of Radical Islam. The 2015 attacks in Paris and the 2016 strike on Brussels were two of the deadliest.
Five out of the 12 deadly terrorist assaults involved gunmen. Three were bombings, such as the Manchester concert bombing. The other four events used vehicles, such as the attack in 2016 in Nice, France.
- Terrorists killed 17 people using assault rifles in several Paris locations, on Jan. 8, 2015;
- Another gunman went on a rampage on Feb. 15, in Copenhagen, Denmark;
- March 22, 2016, two bombs were set off at Brussel’s main international airport. Then, a third exploded in a subway station;
- July 14, a man drove a truck down a crowded beach during Bastille Day in Paris, France;
- Dec. 19, a driver drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany;
- April 20, 2017, a gunman killed a police officer on the Champs-Élysées before being fatally shot;
- Then on May 22, a bombing outside a concert killed 22 and injured dozens more in Manchester, England.
The Hill reported that the United Kingdom has resumed the sharing of intelligence with the United States. Multiple reports stated the U.K. temporarily suspended communication with the U.S. about the Manchester bombing.
British authorities suddenly stopped sharing intelligence information with U.S. authorities after a series of leaks about the investigation into the Manchester bombing were revealed by U.S. news outlets.
The name of the suspected bomber and photographs of the bombing debris were leaked to U.S. media outlets. British Prime Minister Theresa May told President Donald Trump that British and American intelligence must stay secure between the two nations.
Trump and May met at the NATO summit, on May 25. The U.S. president condemned the leaks, as a severe menace and profoundly disturbing. He then called for an investigation into the leaks concerning the bombing attack in Manchester.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The New York Times: Found at the Scene in Manchester: Shrapnel, a Backpack and a Battery
The New York Times: How the Manchester Bombing Compares to Recent Deadly Terror Attacks in Western Europe
The Hill: UK resumes intelligence-sharing with US: reports
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