Issue Brief on “The Manchester Attack”

Britain has decided to deploy military personnel at public events in the aftermath of a monstrous suicide attack which had hit the foyer area of the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.  The threat level in the United Kingdom has been raised from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’, and more Manchester-like incidents are anticipated.

The unfortunate carnage took place at the end of a concert by a popular young singer Ariana Grande in Manchester. The Arena is one of the largest music venues in Europe with a capacity to hold 21,000 people. Apart from the 22 killed, 75 people hurt in the attack are being treated for life-threatening injuries. The death toll is the second worst of its kind Britain has suffered since the 7/7 bombing in 2005, when London transport network was bombed and 52 people were killed. Salman Abedi, a Briton of Libyan descent has been identified as the suicide bomber. Abedi studied business at Salford University but dropped out before completing his degree.

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