Manchester Attack Victims: 8-Year-Old Girl Among the Dead

23-year-old Salman Abedi identified as the bomber

LONDON -- An eight-year-old girl has been confirmed dead after a suspected suicide attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Saffie Rose Roussos was leaving the show Monday night with her mother and sister when an explosion went off, killing at least 22 people and injuring 59.

Pop star Ariana Grande has many young fans, and lot's of the concert-goers at Manchester Arena were children or teenagers.

Names of the 22 people killed in last night's Manchester terror attack are beginning to surface.   Dozens of  victims, many of them children, were also injured and there are numerous people still missing.    

An 18 year old college student is the first victim publicly identified in the Manchester terror attack.   Georgina Callander was said to be a huge fan of singer Ariana Grande.   These photos of the two of them together were taken two years ago.

Eight year old Saffie Roussos also died.   Her school principal called Saffie,  "a beautiful little girl."

Charlotte Campbell is still trying to find her 15-year old daughter, Olivia.  "I've tried all the hospitals and no one has got her on record of being there yet.  I am waiting for a phone call back from the police."

Olivia was last seen with her friend who was injured and taken to a hospital. Officials say 59 victims were hospitalized some reportedly paralyzed by shrapnel.

"Once we exited the door there was blood across the floor."  For the capacity crowd inside Manchester Arena, it was disorderly.

"Everyone is pushing, everyone is shoving, there's shoes being lost, phones being dropped," says concertgoer Stephanie Hill.

Karen Ford was inside with her 13 year-old daughter when the bomb went off.  She said her husband panicked when he couldn't find them in the aftermath.

"For about 10 minutes, we were trying to look for each other.  They thought we were dead. "

After the terror, there was comfort on the streets of Manchester.  Now, there's resolve, despite the attack on the community's youngest and most vulnerable.

"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorize and kill. This was an evil act," said Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

It's still unclear how many  people are missing.    

Grande tweeted about the tragedy last night.  She wrote: ….."broken, from the bottom of my heart i am so, so sorry.   I don't have words."

CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.

In a generic statement posted online, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Abedi's suicide bomb attack, which left 22 people dead, including children, at one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena.

Officials said one man was arrested Tuesday in southern Manchester in connection with the attack, and urged people to avoid the center of the city as raids continued at addresses around the city. 

Police and British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear the focus of the investigation was to determine whether the bomber "was acting alone, or was part of a wider group."

ISIS issued its claim of responsibility in a brief, generic statement that did not identify the bomber and appeared to get some of the facts of the attack wrong. It claimed a "caliphate soldier managed to place a number of devices among a gathering of crusaders in Manchester, and detonated them."

Officials say there was only one explosion, and there have been no indications that other devices were discovered at or near the arena.

 

(Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News)

 

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