UPDATE, 15:08, 24 May 2017.
I’m sorry folks, I just couldn’t look at this yesterday. Too much going on. There has been so much sent out about this terrorist coward attack; I have gotten several emails asking about updates, and this is what we know so far. This shit is unbelievable to the normal person, we shouldn’t have to be writing stories and reading headlines about someone who blew themselves up over a religion.
Identified/publicly known victims — resquiescat en pace, you poor innocent souls:
Here’s the current details as per update time and date:
- UK terror police have been kicking in doors and making a real stink among the known radical community; six have been arrested so far
- Currently, the bomb maker is said to be at large in the UK
- The Daesh pigs have claimed responsibility for this attack, and apparently the bomber was a member.
- Killed and wounded: 22 dead, 64 wounded, some critically. The death number is expected to grow.
- The coward who blew himself up among women, children, families, and innocent bystanders is named Salman Abedi. Unfortunately, the United States released his name and pretty much annoyed the UK CIA folk, who were kinda pissed that the US had done that. However, this coward has a brother, Hashim, also radicalized, that was just arrested, maybe 15 minutes ago (15:43, 24 May 2017) for yet another terror plot, in Libya.
CBS 8 in Las Vegas posted a Skype interview with Ariana Grande crew member Zack Purcifal:
LAS VEGAS – A day after a deadly terror attack in Manchester, England, a Las Vegas man who was in Manchester Arena when the bomb went off described the chaos and confusion he witnessed that night.
Zack Purciful is a part of the production crew that works behind the scenes of Ariana Grande’s tour. Purciful spoke exclusively with 8 News NOW by Skype from England Tuesday night.
“Shrieks and like, basically panic reaction of retreating from the exit aisles; that was basically picked up very, very quickly,” Purciful said.
According to Purciful, the moments after the attack were very confusing as he and the rest of Grande’s crew tried to figure out why everyone was scrambling.
Purciful said, with all of the loud exit music playing in the arena, when he heard the bang, he thought and wondered if some of the balloons released at the end of the show had popped, but that wasn’t it.
According to Purciful, in the moments following the explosion, he saw young, scared kids scrambling for a safe place to exit the Manchester Arena.
Purciful, who’s from Las Vegas, says it took him a few minutes for to realize everything that was happening wasn’t a drill.
“This was the real deal, Purciful said. “There were bodies.”
A fellow crew member rushed to the P.A. system and calmly advised people to slow down and exit carefully. Purciful said he evacuated the arena as SWAT-like teams with stone cold expressions swarmed the building.
Purciful described their demeanor saying they had, “a full kit, just like you would expect from a group of guys going into a bad situation. Full body armor, long rifles and a determined look on their face.”
Video and pictures showed a chaotic crowd of concert-goers waiting outside of the exits.
“I basically witnessed emergency vehicles all night,” Purciful said. “Sirens and blue lights all night.”
In the meantime, some people searched for loved ones.
“I made a quick group text to my family to let them know something happened and that I’m ok,” Purciful said.
“Everything we do is for the kids, so for them to target the kids — it’s the most heartbreaking thing in the world,” Purciful said.
“It’s hard to quantify.”
Purciful said the ordeal has left him with a “feeling of hopelessness.”
The bomb ignited a chain of emotions for every person there as it changed 20,000 lives forever.
“This is certainly a wake-up call about the realities of the world,” Purciful said.
According to Purciful, a lot of crew members, including those from Las Vegas, are staying in London until they figure out their next move.
Around 14 trucks of equipment, staging, and props are still inside the arena as investigators continue to go through all the evidence.
From the Telegraph, regarding Salman Abedi:
Abedi has “proven” links with Islamic State, according to France’s interior minister.
Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria.
Mr Collomb said: “All of a sudden he travelled to Libya and then most likely to Syria, became radicalised and decided to commit this attack.”
Abedi had been a “regular kid”, who went out and drank until around a year ago when he “dropped off the radar”, the Times reported the bomber’s former landlord’s nephew as saying.
The paper quoted a friend as saying he had returned from a three-week trip to Libya in recent days.
Abedi’s trips to Libya are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists.
A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.
Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda.
Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making.
The extremists are at it again, this time they have targeted a crowd full of tween and teenage kids at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
First things first, the crew and band are safe and no one from the production team, in my initial researching, has been hurt. Sorry folks, this is an industry blog. Industry family is first to me.
This is terribly f**ked. Authorities are calling this obviously a terror attack — reports are that a “shrapnel-style” improvised explosive device or devices were detonated just after the end of the show, some reports say “just after the last song,” the lights were on. The bomber, who authorities believe was a lone bomber, set off his bullshit right in the middle of people leaving in droves in the foyer of the venue. What a righteous, big-man move, blowing up a frigging bomb while innocent people were leaving a concert. Witnesses reported seeing loose nuts and bolts strewn everywhere after the explosion; proof that this was some kind of casualty-centric fragmenting explosion meant to maim and kill. The bomber is dead; this was the biggest attack in the city’s history.
Allow me to reiterate: these cowards attacked an arena full of young kids, teenagers, and parents.
Moment of the explosion — listen about five seconds in, you can hear the thud:
What we know as of 12:44am CDT, Tuesday, 23 May 2017, from the BBC:
- The arena said the explosion happened outside the venue, as people began streaming from the doors
- Greater Manchester Police were called to the scene at 22:35 BST on Monday and surrounding roads were closed
- The cause is unknown but Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it as “an appalling terrorist attack”
- GMP chief constable Ian Hopkins said the force would treat it as terror “until we have further information”
- If confirmed to be a terrorist attack it would be the worst in the UK since 56 people were killed in the London bombings of July 2005
- Unconfirmed reports from two unnamed US officials suggested the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber
- Eyewitnesses reported nuts and bolts strewn around the floor and the smell of explosives
- All national campaigning in the general election has been suspended
- Mrs May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee at 09:00
- The nearby Victoria railway station was evacuated and all Tuesday trains have been cancelled
The mess leaving the show floor, from Twitter user @Hannawwh:
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
Reporting from Al Jazeera English:
Who else in Production/Design is pissed off? These cowards.
PA announcer telling everyone “nothing is wrong, no need to rush…”
More as it develops. Stay tuned.