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Families searching for missing loved ones after attack

24 May 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May, who arrived in Manchester Tuesday afternoon, described the attack as "absolutely horrific".

The first victim to be identified is 18-year-old Georgina Callander.

Police were called to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at 10.33pm on Monday, shortly after the end of the performance.

The bomb wielded by Abedi was created to kill and maim as many people as possible; numerous survivors suffered shrapnel wounds and ball bearings were found at the scene.

"The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking, " he said.

The Manchester City manager's wife Cristina Serra and their two daughters, Maria and Valentina, were among 21,000 fans at the city centre venue to see American singer Ariana Grande.

USA intelligence sources told CBS News they were exercising caution on the early claim of responsibility from ISIS.

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Grande tweeted about the attack last night saying, "broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry".

"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack", she said, adding that the terror threat level in the United Kingdom will remain at "severe" which means an attack is highly likely but officials will now consider whether it should be raised to "critical" the highest level possible.

Authorities believe they know the identity of the man who carried out the suicide blast.

Greater Manchester Police said a 23-year-old man was taken into custody in the southern part of the city on Tuesday, and that arrest did appear to be linked to the bombing.

One mother, Charlotte Hall, resorted to social media in order to find her child - posting a desperate plea for help on Twitter. "I have every confidence that thanks to the efforts of our police and law enforcement partners that we'll continue to do so".

"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act", the statement continues.

Club captain posted: "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims".