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The final death toll from last night’s suicide bomber attack at Manchester Arena as an Ariana Grande concert was finishing up is now up to 22, with over 50 other people injured. Many of them were children.

Damn that is horrible.

Can concerts ever be considered a safe space after this and the Paris attacks back in 2015? It’s one of their first concerns as they hope to settle the public’s fear.

From The Guardian…

This is what Theresa May said when asked what would be done to ensure that people and their children going to music concerts and festivals over the summer will be safe.
Well, the police and others will of course be looking at the security of venues to ensure that people can continue to enjoy summer events, feeling secure, and enjoy those events.

What is clear is that we are ensuring that resources are available for the police in order to be able to do the job that they need to do.

This was a horrendous attack, absolutely horrific, barbaric in its nature, but what I’m also clear about is that we will not let the terrorists win. Our values will prevail.

Let’s hope this doesn’t spook the entire population, these can be trying events and it’s great to see the officials rallying to get fear under control while still cleaning up the crime scene.

From Pitchfork…

Police said they were treating the attack as “a terrorist incident.” The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, says the city will hold a vigil for the victims tonight. That will take place at 6–7 p.m. at Albert Square in Manchester. Police have asked the public to avoid the city center while emergency services continue to work at the scene. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that the people of Manchester had fallen victim to a “callous terrorist attack.” She said police believe they know the identity of the attacker but would not yet reveal his name.