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Breaking News!!: West London, England: Massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

Breaking News!!: West London, England: Massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

A massive fire occurred at the Grenfell Tower, a 24 story apartment building in West London, England at 1:00am (London Time) on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

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At least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters to battle the massive fire.

The massive fire has killed 30 people, injured 74 people, and reports that at least 58 people are reported missing.

Reports that people were seen throwing children and babies from windows.

Met Police’s Stuart Cundy said the death toll will rise, adding: “I don’t think any more survivors will be found.”

According to the London Ambulance Service, 30 patients where taken to 5 hospitals and more than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

“We wake up early sometimes anyway in the night, and one of my relatives saw the flames from the window and heard the people screaming. It just started to burn across from one side to the other, and we saw apartment after apartment getting lit up into flames,” resident Ousama Itani told NBC News.

Evacuated residents are saying that there were no fire alarms going off during the fire and that they could hear residents screaming for help.

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London Fire Brigade’s Steve Apter says firefighters have been to the top floor of the 24 story building, but were hampered by a fractured gas main.

London Fire Brigade’s Steve Apter added that the integrity of the tower is a significant issue and firefighters will be on scene for some time.

The cause of the massive fire in not yet been determined.

Residents of the apartment tower are very angry that lives were put in danger and warnings of the risk from fire were known before the massive fire broke out.

The tower block was built in 1974, as social housing by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, and building regulations have since changed.

Floor plans of the 24 story building show there was only one staircase on the residential floors.

The council still owns the building but it has been managed since the 1990s by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association.

A major refurbishment of the estate, which cost £10 million, took 2 years to finish and was completed in 2016.

The work included installing insulated exterior cladding, including rain screen cladding and a curtain wall facade, and new windows.

The refurbishment was part of a wider £67 million development, funded by the council and carried out by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association and Rydon, a construction company.

Residents of the apartment tower had expressed concerns about the safety of the building “over several years”.

“I raised 19 complaints on behalf of the residents with the TMO. Lots of them were about the safety of the building and what would happen if there was a major fire,” said Judith Blakeman telling Sky News.

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation issued a statement on the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower saying, “We wish to repeat our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all those who have been affected as a result of this devastating event at Grenfell Tower. We also wish to pay tribute to the bravery of the emergency services and to those members of the public who continue to selflessly do all they can to assist. The events of last night and early this morning are a tragedy. KCTMO, in conjunction with RBKC and others, is doing everything it can to assist the residents of Grenfell Tower and those affected by the tragedy. This will remain our immediate concern and focus. It is too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread. We will co-operate fully with all the relevant authorities in order to ascertain the cause of this tragedy. We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents. We always take all concerns seriously and these will form part of our forthcoming investigations. While these investigations continue with our co-operation, our core priority at the moment is our residents.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement, “There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers.”

Rest centers for displaced residents have been opened at Rugby Portobello Trust (Walmer Road, W11 4EY), St. Clement Church (Treadgold Street, W11 4BP) and Westway Sports Center (Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP).

According to the London’s Metropolitan Police Service, an emergency number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones in the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower to please call Casualty Bureau at: 0800-0961-233.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower. **

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News Update!!: Manchester, England: Latest Information: Terrorist Bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

News Update!!: Manchester, England: Latest Information: Terrorist Bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert held at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England that occurred on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

**** As of 10:00am PT on Sunday, June 4th, 2017: ****

** Benefit Concert for Victims: **

Singer Ariana Grande, along with several artists and bands, are uniting together at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, England on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 for a benefit concert honoring the victims and families of the terrorist bombing an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

The benefit concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande as well as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, and the Black Eyed Peas.

As of 11:00pm PT, the One Love Manchester benefit concert is set to go ahead as schedule despite terror attacks along the London Bridge and Borough Market in London, England on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. 

The benefit concert will start at 7:15pm Manchester Time (11:15am PT) on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 and will be broadcast in Britain on BBC, which is producing the benefit concert for television.

For the United States of America audiences, the young adult cable network Freeform will be broadcast the full benefit concert live at 2:00 ET/PT on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 and a hour highlight special of the One Love Manchester full benefit concert will be broadcast on the ABC network following the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 4th, 2017.

** You can also watch the benefit concert live at the following Facebook website address: **

** Facebook Live Video from Ariana Grande: **

All proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,” in partnership with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council.

The terrorist bombing killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert held at Manchester Arena  in Manchester, England on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert a week ago.

The event, Ariana Grande said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families.

“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed,” said Ariana Grande in a letter posted to Twitter last Friday.

 

** More Information on “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” at the following Red Cross website address: **

http://www.redcross.org.uk/

Singer Ariana Grande recently surprised youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 and brought everybody a sunflower and a teddy bear.

The young victims are still recovering from the injuries suffered in the terrorist bombing.

A young girl named Jaden who met Ariana Grande from her hospital bed posted a picture of the 2 on Twitter, and tweeted, “I got to meet my queen today.”

All the children and parents were very happy the Ariana Grande came and brought joy, hope, and lots of love to her young fans.

 

** Latest Counts and Information: **

  • Killed:

22 People, including innocent children and a serving police officer.

  • Victim Identified:

8 year old Saffie Rose Roussos from Preston

14 year old Nell Jones from Cheshire

14 year old Sorrell Leczkowski from Leeds

14 year old Eilidh MacLeod from Isle of Barra in Outer Hebrides

15 year old Olivia Campbell from Bury, north of Manchester

15 year old Megan Hurley from Halewood

17 year old Chloe Rutherford and 19 year old Liam Curry

(The young couple, Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, were both from South Shields)

18 year old Georgina Callander from Lancashire

19 year old Courtney Boyle from Gateshead

26 year old John Atkinson from Radcliffe in Bury

(On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirmed John Atkinson’s age after several news outlets were reporting the wrong age.)

29 year old Martyn Hett from Stockport

32 year old Kelly Brewster from Sheffield

32 year old Philip Tron from Gateshead

42 year old Marcin Klis

40 year old Angelika Klis

(The couple, Marcin and Angelika Klis, were both from Poland and lived in York)

43 year old Elaine McIver

(Greater Manchester Police confirmed Elaine McIver was an Off-Duty Cheshire Police Officer)

45 year old Michelle Kiss from Lancashire

45 year old Alison Howe from Royton

47 year old Lisa Lees from Oldham

50 year old Wendy Fawell from Otley, West Yorkshire

51 year old Jane Tweddle-Taylor from Blackpool

  • Injured:

66 People were injured, including people suffering life-threatening injuries.

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, 66 people are still being treated at 8 hospitals, including 23 people in critical condition.

  • Investigation and Attacker(s) Involved:

22 year old Salman Abedi was identified as the suicide bomber.

Salman Abedi was part of a network and not a lone-wolf attacker, had ties to al Qaeda and received terrorist training abroad.

Salman Abedi was “one of a larger pool of former subjects of interest’ to MI5.

Salman Abedi was thrown out of mosque, the Salaam Community Centre in Moss Side, 2 months ago after he had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.

  • Claimed Responsibility:

ISIS claiming responsibility for the terrorist bombing.

  • Arrest(s):

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, A 23 year old man in South Manchester and 39 year old man in Birmingham were arrested in connection with the terrorist bombing.

As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 3 further arrests overnight in connection with attacks, bringing total to 4 arrests.

As of 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 6 people arrested in the United Kingdom, including a suspect in Wigan, a woman in Manchester.

Salman Abedi’s brother and father was arrested on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in Tripoli reportedly by the local militia.

As of 7:00am PT on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, an 8th men is being held by authorities in the United Kingdom.

As of 2:40am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at least 8 men, aged between 18 through 38, have been arrested in suspected of terror offences, in connection with the terrorist bombing.

A 16 year old boy and a 34 year old woman have been released without charge.

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested some “key players” and have made “immense” progress in investigation.

At least 11 men, aged between 18 through 44, are now being held in connection with the terrorist bombing.

At least 20 locations being searched across Greater Manchester.

  • Contact(s):

A hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for. Those worried about their friends or family should call: 0800-096-0095.

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

  • Police Timeline: 

At 10:33pm Manchester Time (2:33pm PT) on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: First call made to police reporting possible explosion and multiple injuries.

At 10:39pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police PCSO who was nearby is first responder on the scene. A total of 28 calls are made to police within first six minutes of the initial call.

At 10:46pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: British Transport Police confirm there are a large number of casualties inside Manchester Arena. The first road closure put in place on Great Clowes Street outside Manchester Arena.

At 10:47pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Police start treating the response as a possible terrorist incident. Area around Manchester Arena is closed, including roads and transport networks. Officers at the scene confirm multiple people injured during the attack. Confirmation from first responders that an explosion has taken place.

At 11:33pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Some 240 calls about the incident received during first hour. At 11:44pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm multiple fatalities and others have been injured during attack.

At 1:10am Manchester Time on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm 19 people have died and around 50 others reported injured in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.

At 7:00am Manchester Time on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm that a total of 22 victims have been confirmed dead – in addition to the man believed to have been responsible for the attack after detonating an improvised explosive device – and a further 59 others injured.

  • Ariana Grande Concert Cancellations: 

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande has cancelled her upcoming United Kingdom shows after the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert.

Before the terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and Friday, May 26th, 2017, but have cancelled those dates and 5 other shows in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended, “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you,” Ariana Grande management said in the statement.

  • Investigation Leak(s):

Reports that the United Kingdom stops sharing intelligence with United States on terrorist bombing after ‘irritating’ leaks.

The decision came after sensitive pictures from the Manchester Arena crime scene, including apparent images of a blood-stained detonator and rucksack, were leaked to United States media.

The New York Times published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 showed what they said could be Salman Abedi’s bloodstained rucksack and detonator as well as a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the terrorist bombing.

The New York Times, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to police photographs of materials found at the scene.

United Kingdom government officials were reportedly “furious” with the breach after the New York Times ran the police photographs.

 

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**** The Attack: ****

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At 10:33pm Manchester Time (2:33pm PT) on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, an explosion occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert near an exit area outside the Manchester Arena.

Witnesses say that the Manchester Arena was full of families with children and teenagers, who are fans of Ariana Grande.

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People began exiting the Manchester Arena after the explosion, many of the people, kids and adults, were seen crying and heard screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

Nicola Murray, who was at the concert with her 12 year old daughter Olivia, told NBC News that she witnessed “a red-orange-looking flash” and heard an “incredibly loud bang.”

“Within seconds, as you can imagine, it was chaos and people were panicking and running to try and get out the door … We were getting swept with the people crushing to get out and I was terrified my daughter would get crushed. At one point, she was getting dragged away from me but I managed to pull her into me and force her in front of me while trying to direct her to the door and down the steps,” Nicola Murray told NBC News.

Outside the Manchester Arena, parents awaiting to pick up their kids, where heard screaming trying to find their kids.

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First responders rushed to the Manchester Arena after emergency services received 240 emergency calls after the explosion and reports of people hurt.

First responders arrived as people exiting the Manchester Arena, some of the people injured well other people were seen shaken up by what just happen.

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Authorities in Manchester say 22 people were killed in the terrorist bombing.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed that children were among the dead and warned of “difficult days ahead.”

Authorities in Manchester say 66 people were injured in the terrorist bombing, including people suffering life-threatening injuries.

The injured people were taken to 8 hospitals with dozen of the people hospitalized were under the age of 16 years old.

United States officials said initial reports indicated that some of the injuries might have been caused by a stampede of concertgoers.

Authorities in Manchester have set up a hotline for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for.

Those worried about their friends or family should call: 0800-096-0095.

** Pictures from NBC News: **

The North West Counter Terror Command confirmed that they are treating the bombing at the Manchester Arena as a “terrorist incident”.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident. Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

State Department Officials in the United States are saying that the United States Embassy in London is working to determine if any United States citizens were affected.

At this moment, State Department Officials say that, “we are not aware of any U.S. citizens killed or injured.”

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, 66 people are still being treated at 8 hospitals, including 23 people in critical condition.

 

**** The Victims: ****

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On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, authorities in Manchester began releasing the identities of the victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

  • Saffie Rose Roussos: 

Saffie Rose Roussos was 8 years old from Preston.

Saffie Rose Roussos was a student at the Tarleton Community Primary School, located northwest of Manchester.

Saffie Rose Roussos was loved by everyone in the community of Tarleton and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.

The community is in mourning after learning such a young and innocent life was lost.

Chris Upton, head teacher at Lancashire’s Tarleton Community Primary School, said Saffie Rose Roussos was a “simply a beautiful little girl in every sense of the word” and “was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.”

Chris Upton added, “News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking. Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.”

 

  • Olivia Campbell: 

Olivia Campbell was 15 years old from Bury, a town north of Manchester.

Olivia Campbell’s family described her as a “precious, gorgeous girl” and had spent the day desperately searching for her, hoping she was one of the dozens of people being treated in hospital.

Olivia Campbell was a pupil at Tottington High School, where head teacher Brian Duffy described her as “a delightful young girl”. ”

As a school community we are absolutely devastated and heartbroken at the news that Olivia has passed away,” Brian Duffy said in a statement.

Olivia Campbell’s mother said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Olivia Campbell was among the those killed in the bombing.

Charlotte Campbell, from Bury in Greater Manchester, wrote, “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl… taken far far too soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.”

 

  • Georgina Callander: 

Georgina Callander was 18 years old and was studying health and social care in her 2nd year at Runshaw College in Lancashire.

Her former school, Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, called Georgina Callander “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school.”

Georgina Callander was enamored by television and movie stars, Disney films, “Harry Potter” and pop singers.

Ariana Grande which was among her favorite pop singers and 2 years ago, got to meet her while attending the American singer’s “The Honeymoon Tour” at the Manchester Arena.

Georgina Callander shared photos on Instagram and gushed over how nice Ariana Grande was to her.

“I HUGGED HER SO TIGHT AND SHE SAID SHE LOVED MY BOW I CANT GET OVER THIS I NEVER WILL,” Georgina Callander wrote in her caption picture.

A day before the concert, Georgina Callander had tweeted Ariana Grande and said: “SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW.”

 

  • John Atkinson: 

John Atkinson was 26 years old from Radcliffe in Bury.

Freak Dance, a dance studio in nearby Radcliffe, said on Facebook that John Atkinson took adult dance classes “and even competed for Freak Dance.”

“He was a true friend, not just to our staff but many of the parents and students from the school,” said Freak Dance Radcliffe on Facebook.

John Atkinson was enrolled in Bury College in 2015, and was studying health, according to his memorial page on Facebook.

Friends described John Atkinson as “a true gentleman” in online tributes.

Friends described John Atkinson , who lived in Radcliffe in Bury, have also set up a fundraising page to help his family, which has raised more than £4,000.

 

  • Martyn Hett: 

Martyn Hett was 29 years old  from Stockport.

Martyn Hett was a journalist who wrote for a variety of publications, including the Manchester Evening News, HuffPost and Attitude Magazine.

Pink News in the United Kingdom reports that Martyn Hett had been a strong supporter of LGBT rights, writing an emotional tribute to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting last June 2016.

Local papers had noted that he and boyfriend Russell Hayward were superfans of “Coronation Street” — sometimes shortened to “Corrie.”

After learning of Martyn Hett’s death, Russell Hayward wrote on Twitter, “Soulmate doesn’t even come close. Come back to us Martyn so we can watch last nights Corrie together.”

 

  • Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron: 

Courtney Boyle was 19 years old and Philip Tron was 32 year old, both from Gateshead, and were at the Ariana Grande concert together.

Courtney Boyle’s mother Deborah Hutchinson said, “My stunning, amazing, beautiful daughter, you were my rock you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous, crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky.”

Philip Tron’s mother said, “Our most amazing son, partner, brother, father, uncle, nephew and cousin, Philip Tron, sadly passed away on the 22nd May 2017. Philip was such a fun-loving, energetic soul, he would light up the darkest room and lift your spirits with his infectious laugh, witty sense of humor and his beautiful smile.”

 

  • Michelle Kiss: 

Michelle Kiss was 45 years old from Lancashire.

Michelle Kiss is described as “a loving wife to Tony, mother to Dylan, Elliot and Millie, as well as daughter to Mick and Christine and sister to Nichola”.

In a statement, her family said: “Family was her life and we are all obviously devastated by her loss. She has been taken away from us, and all that love her, in the most traumatic way imaginable.”

 

 

  • Sorrell Leczkowski: 

Sorrell Leczkowski was 14 years old from Leeds.

Sorrell Leczkowski went to Allerton High School.

Sorrell Leczkowski is believed to have gone to the Manchester Arena with her family to pick up her sister.

Sorrell Leczkowski’s mother and grandmother, who is critically ill, are in hospital.

Sorrell Leczkowski’s sister, who was at the concert, was not injured.

 

  • Nell Jones: 

Nell Jones was 14 years old from Cheshire.

Nell Jones went to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

Head teacher Denis Oliver said the Nell Jones’ family had “been searching for her since the incident in the hope that they would find her being cared for in hospital”.

Tutor David Wheeler said that Nell Jones was a “popular girl, always smiling”, adding that, “Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate.”

 

  • Alison Howe and Lisa Lees: 

Alison Howe was 45 years old from Royton and Lisa Lees was 47 years old from Oldham near Manchester.

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees, best friends, were killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up their daughters.

The girls, both 15 years old, are believed to be safe.

Alison Howe’s stepson Jordan Howe confirmed her death on Facebook, writing, “They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all.”

 

  • Jane Tweddle-Taylor: 

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was 51 years old from Blackpool.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was killed in the foyer as she went to the Arena with a friend to pick up the friend’s daughter.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor’s husband Mark said, “She’s a lovely lady and a very good mother to her three daughters. She was liked by everybody, especially in the community in Blackpool where she worked.”

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was a receptionist at South Shore Academy School in Blackpool.

South Shore Academy School Principal said Jane Tweddle-Taylor was a “bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous” colleague.

Jane Bailey described Miss Tweddle-Taylor as a “well-loved member of staff” and “wonderful friend and colleague”.

 

  • Marcin and Angelika Klis: 

The couple, 42 years old Marcin Klis and 40 year old Angelika Klis, were both from Poland and lived in York.

The couple were killed while collecting their daughters from the venue.

The couple’s daughter Alex Klis, 20 years old, a student at York College, had posted an appeal on Facebook for information on their whereabouts.

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a radio station, “The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead. The children are safe.”

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski added, “We share the pain of the family and the loved ones of the victims and express our most sincere condolences.”

 

  • Kelly Brewster: 

Kelly Brewster was 32 years old from Sheffield.

Kelly Brewster died while shielding her niece from the blast, her family said.

Kelly Brewster’s uncle, Paul Dryhurst, said Ms Brewster had “heroically shielded” her 11-year-old niece from the explosion in the foyer after becoming separated from her sister at the end of the performance.

Kelly Brewster’s partner Ian Winslow wrote on Facebook, “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack.”

Ian Winslow added, “Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”

 

  • Wendy Fawell: 

Wendy Fawell was 50 year old from Otley, West Yorkshire.

Wendy Fawell was confirmed after a frantic search for her after the blast.

Wendy Fawell was reported to have been about to leave the concert with her 15 year old daughter Charlotte, along with a friend and her sons, when the bomber struck.

Staff at the primary school where she used to work, St Oswald’s C of E Primary School, in Guiseley, said on Twitter, “It is with deepest sadness that I confirm that our former colleague Wendy Fawell was killed in the Manchester bombing. RIP, Wendy.”

 

  • Eilidh MacLeod: 

Eilidh MacLeod was 14 year old from the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

Eilidh MacLeod was at the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, who is in hospital with serious burns.

The trip was a treat to celebrate Eilidh MacLeod’s birthday and was her first concert.

Reports that Eilidh MacLeod’s mother Marion received a text message from the pair to say the last song had started and they would be leaving soon, but when she arrived at the arena she was unable to find them.

Eilidh MacLeod’s parents said in a statement, “Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh. Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band. As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time.”

 

  • Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry: 

Chloe Rutherford was 17 year old and Liam Curry was 19 year old, a young couple from South Shields.

The young couple had been missing since the terrorist bombing, but after travelling to Manchester to search for the teenagers and circulating their picture on social media, their parents have now paid tribute to the “inseparable” pair, calling them “beautiful inside and out”.

In a statement their family said, “They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are.”

 

  • Megan Hurley:

Megan Hurley was 15 years old from Halewood.

Megan Hurley’s neighbors and friends have remembered a “gentle, unassuming” girl who loved her music and had a devilish sense of humor.

Megan Hurley was confirmed as dead by her aunt Maxine Benson, as her parents are believed to be at the hospital bedside of her brother 20 year old Bradley, who was injured in the terrorist bombing.

Megan Hurley had been given tickets for the concert as a birthday surprise.

“My poor sister and Mike are destroyed beyond words… it doesn’t seem fair for two kids to go to a concert and only one returns how in God’s name could this happen to such a lovely family… heartbroken xx,” said Maxine Benson.

Megan Hurley attended Halewood Academy, who could not be reached for comment but tributes and balloons had been left outside the school.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, pupils at Megan Hurley’s school, held a moment of silence and paying their respects to Megan Hurley at a tribute of pink balloons at the entrance to Halewood Academy.

 

  • Elaine McIver: 

Elaine McIver was 43 years old and was an off-duty police officer with the Cheshire Police.

Elaine McIver was at the Ariana Grande concert with her family.

Elaine McIver partner Paul is still seriously ill in hospital, while her children were also reportedly injured in the terrorist bombing.

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, Elaine McIver’s family said, “Elaine was a much loved daughter, sister, Auntie, friend and colleague, the best we could ever have wished for. She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality. She would have been devastated by the injuries sustained by her partner Paul, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. Elaine just loved life, and had a major love of music. Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it. Although we will all miss her beyond belief, we absolutely know she will live in our hearts forever.”

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On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a female off-duty police officer from Cheshire Police was killed while at the concert with her family.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins said, “Very sadly I can confirm one of the victims is a serving police officer.”

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, the female off-duty police officer’s identity was released.

 

 

**** Reaction from Ariana Grande: ****

** Picture from NBC News: **

Singer Ariana Grande safely escape the Manchester Arena and posted a message to her fans following the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

TMZ reports that Ariana Grande’s mother was still sitting in her front row seat when the bomb went off, and helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.

Multiple witnesses in the arena tell TMZ that Joan Grande was surrounded by several concertgoers who were waiting to leave the arena when they heard the explosion.

Joan Grande was about to go backstage to see Ariana Grande at the time.

TMZ reports that as the chaos of people fleeing for exits started … Joan told a group of kids — possibly as many as 10 — seated around her to come backstage.

We’re told Joan Grande and members of Ariana Grande’s security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.

TMZ reports that Ariana Grande was an emotional wreck after hearing about the casualties.

Ariana Grande tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

In a statement, Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun thanked first responders “who rushed towards danger to help save lives.”

Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun added, “We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande has cancelled her upcoming United Kingdom shows after the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert.

Before the terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Ariana Grande has cancelled those dates and 5 other shows in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended, “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you,” Ariana Grande management said in the statement.

On Friday, May 26th, 2017, Ariana Grande tweeted a letter to her fan talking about the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert and sending her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” to the victims.

**** Benefit Concert for Victims: ****

On Friday, May 26th, 2017, Singer Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert a week ago.

The event, Ariana Grande said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families.

“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed,” said Ariana Grande in a letter posted to Twitter.

 

**** Vigils and Tributes for Victims: ****

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Vigils and tributes for the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena were held on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.

In Manchester, crowds on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 leave tributes in Albert Square.

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Thousands of people attend a vigil on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 for the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Hundreds of mourners gather in English village on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 to say goodbye to the young girls killed in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Queen Elizabeth II leads a moment of silence on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 for victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France went dark on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 to honor those who died in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

The water fountain (Jet d’Eau) in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 was lit with blue, red and white in remembrance for the victims of the attack.

The Penshaw Monument in Sunderland was illuminated on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in the colours of the Union Jack.

Wembley Stadium was lit up on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in honour of the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Belfast City Hall was illuminated on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in the colours of Union flag.

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The Empire State Building in New York City, New York went dark on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in remembrance of those who died in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

There was a period of silence before the New York Mets’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at Citi Field Stadium in New York City, New York.

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The United Kingdom observed a minute silence on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 in memory of victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Crowd spontaneously sings “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Manchester band Oasis after minute silence for the victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

 

**** Reaction from Singers and Tour Schedule Updates: ****

  • Blondie: Cancelled a concert in London “as a mark of respect” for victims but lead singer Debbie Harry said it would be re-scheduled.
  • Take That: Cancelled their concert on Tuesday night in Liverpool and its dates later this week in Manchester. But other musical acts have said they won’t change their plans.
  • Shawn Mendes: His show in Paris tonight is still on, saying he would “not stop spreading positivity and love through music”.
  • Celine Dion: Will still play in Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Paris as well as her concert on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the Manchester Arena.
  • Guns n’ Roses: A representative said the band, currently on tour with stops planned in Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Munich, London and Paris had not changed their plans.
  • Phil Collins: Is due to play at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 2 June before five concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and his manager said these would still go ahead.

 

**** Reaction from Athletes and Sports Schedule Updates: ****

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  • Great Manchester Run/Great City Games:

The Great Manchester Run/Great City Games event, set in the heart of Manchester, will go ahead as planned in the afternoon and evening on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

The Great Manchester Run/Great City Games start from 4:45pm and run until 7:20pm Manchester Time and takes place on a track on Deansgate in the city and center, and the purpose built athletics arena in Albert Square.

In a statement, organizers said, “A full security review is being undertaken with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council and additional measures will be in place.”

Manchester City Councillor Luthfur Rahman said, “We know that thousands of Mancunians have been looking forward to taking part, or cheering the athletes on, so I am pleased and proud to confirm that these fantastic events will be held as planned this weekend.”

 

  • Wembley Stadium:

The will be added security, checks and safety measures for all upcoming events being held at Wembley Stadium; including for the FA Cup Final starting at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, the League Two Play Off Final starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 28th, 2017, and the Championship Play Off Final starting at 3:00pm on Monday, May 29th, 2017.

All supporters attending any of the games at the stadium are advised to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and to take part in commemorations for the victims of the Manchester attack.

Thorough searches on entry to the stadium will be carried out, with supporters advised to arrive at the stadium no later than an hour prior to kick-off.

Spectators are also encouraged not to bring bags or unnecessary items with them.

A period of silence will be observed before kick-off in the FA Cup Final to remember the victims of the terrorist bombing.

Wreaths will be laid by Prince William, President of the Football Association, and FA chairman Greg Clarke.

Arsenal and Chelsea players will also wear black armbands as will match officials.

All 4 teams – Blackpool, Exeter, Huddersfield and Reading – will wear black armbands during the play off games and a period of silence will be observed before the start of both games.

 

  • Twickenham Stadium:

Enhanced security measures will be in place over the weekend for events at Twickenham Stadium; the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 and England vs. Barbarians on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

Supporters are advised to allow extra time to access the stadium and avoid bringing bags where possible.

A minute’s silence will be observed prior to kick off in the Aviva Premiership Final.

Players of Wasps and Exeter Chiefs, as well as match officials, will wear black armbands.

England players will wear black armbands and there will also be a minute’s silence before the kick off in the match against the Barbarians on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

 

  • The Chelsea Football Club:

The Chelsea Football Club have announced on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 that there will not be parading the Premier League trophy through the streets of London on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

In a statement, Chelsea Football Club said, “Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends. In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday. “Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision. “Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London. “Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack.”

 

**** Investigation, Attacker, and Claimed Responsibility: ****

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Authorities in Manchester on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 identified the attacker in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The attacker was identified as 22 year old Salman Abedi.

Salman Abedi had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training abroad.

Reports that the attacker died at the scene after using an improvised explosive device.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, the terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a “soldier of the caliphate” placed explosives at a gathering of “crusaders” — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police said that the suicide bomber (Salman Abedi) was part of a network and not a lone-wolf attacker.

There’s reports that 2 months ago, Salman Abedi was thrown out of mosque, the Salaam Community Centre in Moss Side, after he had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Mosque chairman Abdullah Muhsin Norris tells Sky News, “I am very unhappy knowing that he has come here and prayed here and seeing him reading the Koran and so on and the next minute you hear he blew up and 22 people are killed, 59 people injured. It is very hard to believe someone could do that, but he has done it.”

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

 

**** Raids, Arrests, and Public Safety: ****

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On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, Greater Manchester Police said that a 23 year old man was arrested in South Manchester in connection with the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The moment counter terrorism officers raid the suspect’s home, approaching from the side before blasting the door away.

The arrest and raids were to search for anybody in connection with the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Greater Manchester Police said said authorities executed two warrants as part of the investigation: one in the Whalley Range district of Manchester and one in the Manchester suburb of Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place.

Greater Manchester Police are requesting dashcam footage from “anyone who was in Manchester city center” between 8:00pm and 11:00pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd 2017 as part of its investigation.

A 39 year old man was also arrested in Birmingham on Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 near a vigil for the attack.

Birmingham police said in a statement that the man who was arrested was “known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health,” and that a small ax as well as a large stick were recovered at the vigil.

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As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 3 further arrests overnight in connection with attacks, bringing total to 4 arrests.

“It is very clear this is a network we are investigating. We are carrying out extensive searches,” said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warns ISIS will continue to target tourist sites and transportation hubs.

Late on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May said military could be deployed on the streets to provide armed guards for key locations across London including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and embassies, Scotland Yard.

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 6 people arrested in the United Kingdom, including a suspect in Wigan, a woman in Manchester.

As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Salman Abedi’s brother and father have been arrested.

According to NBC News’ United Kingdom partner ITV News, Salman Abedi’s brother Hashem and his father, Ramadan, were arrested in Tripoli by the local militia.

In a Facebook post translated by NBC News, Libyan Interior Ministry officials said Hashem Abedi had been under investigation for more than a month and was arrested after receiving 4,500 Libyan dinars ($3,230) from his brother.

A 20-year-old engineering student back in Manchester, Hashem Abedi admitted being in Britain when his brother was preparing to launch the attack after an Ariana Grande concert and said they both belonged to ISIS, according to the post.

As of 2:40am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at least 8 men, aged between 18 and 38, have been arrested in suspected of terror offences, in connection with the terrorist bombing.

A 16 year old boy and a 34 year old woman have been released without charge.

All 27 major trauma centers in England are told to prepare staff for a potential terror attack ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Armed police will be patrolling on board trains nationwide for the first time.

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested some “key players” and have made “immense” progress in investigation.

At least 11 men, aged between 18 through 44, are now being held in connection with the terrorist bombing.

At least 20 locations being searched across Greater Manchester.

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

 

**** Reaction from Government Leaders: ****

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 spoke about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the terrorist set out “to cause maximum carnage and kill and injure indiscriminately.”

“This attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent and defenseless young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Britain’s terrorist threat level stands at “Severe,” the 2nd highest rung on a 5 point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Threat level should be increased for the time being from ‘severe’ to ‘critical,'”attack may be imminent.

 

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Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 spoke about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II said, “The whole nation has been shocked. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care. And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”

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United States of America President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

United States of America President Donald Trump said, “So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers,” he said in Bethlehem while standing next to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

United States of America President Donald Trump branded those responsible for the deadly suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert and other terrorist attacks “evil losers”.

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name I will call them, from now on, losers because that’s what they are: losers,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

Later, in a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, United States of America President Donald Trump said the thoughts and prayers of the American people were with the victims and their loved ones in Manchester.

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The White House later released a statement saying that United States of America President Donald Trump this morning spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

United States of America President Donald Trump later posted this message onto Twitter saying, “We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”

The Department of Homeland Security stressed that there was no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving United States music venues.

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On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, United States of America President Donald Trump spoke at the NATO summit in Brussels and asked world leaders for a moment of silence for the Manchester attack victims.

United States of America President Donald Trump called the attacks “savage” and “a barbaric attack on our civilisation”.

“Losers, they are losers,” United States of America President Donald Trump said about terrorists, Manchester terrorist bombing during NATO ceremony.

Meanwhile, British police on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 have reportedly stopped information sharing with the United States on the Manchester bombing in an unprecedented move.

The decision came after sensitive pictures from the Manchester Arena crime scene, including apparent images of a blood-stained detonator and rucksack, were leaked to United States media.

The New York Times published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 showed what they said could be Salman Abedi’s bloodstained rucksack and detonator as well as a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the terrorist bombing.

The New York Times, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to police photographs of materials found at the scene.

United Kingdom government officials were reportedly “furious” with the breach after the New York Times ran the police photographs.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she intended to “make clear” to United States of America President Donald Trump that intelligence between the two countries must remain secure.

Prime Minister Theresa May was due to meet the United States leader on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, along with other EU and Nato officials in Brussels.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, United States of America President Donald Trump said at the NATO summit in Brussels that intelligence leaks “deeply troubling” and vowed to bring anyone caught leaking United States intelligence to justice after British police stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with the United States.

In a statement released after United States of America President Donald Trump arrived at the NATO military alliance, the United States of America President Donald Trump said he would seek an official review to stop leaks that he said posed a serious security threat.

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” United States of America President Donald Trump said in the statement.

 

 

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** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story. ****

Breaking News!!: Manchester, England: Terror explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Breaking News!!: Manchester, England: Terror explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

There has been an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

The North West Counter Terror Command is confirming that they are treating this incident as a “terrorist incident”.

Authorities in Manchester say the explosion occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at around 10:40pm Manchester Time (2:40pm PT) where families with children, primarily girls and teenagers, in attendance.

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This is video from inside the Manchester Arena moments after the explosion.

Local news media reports hundreds of people running out of the building crying and being carried out of the building.

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Authorities in Manchester say there have been 22 people dead and 59 people were wounded.

Authorities in Manchester also say there children were among the 22 people dead.

NBC News is reporting that multiple United States Officials say United Kingdom authorities suspect Manchester incident was conducted by a suicide bomber.

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A representative of Ariana Grande said, “Ariana is okay” and “We are further investigating what happened.”

Ariana Grande posted a message to her fans following terror explosion at the Manchester Arena.

Ariana Grande tweeted to her fans, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terror explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. ****

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Breaking News!!: London, England: Terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building.

Breaking News!!: London, England: Terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building.

According to the Metropolitan Police Service in London, England, at least 3 people are dead and several people were injured in a terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building in London, England on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.

Authorities say a man in a vehicle struck several people walking along the Westminster Bridge.

The vehicle then crashed into a railing near the Parliament building.

The attacker armed with a knife tried to enter Parliament building.

The attacker stabbed and killed a police officer.

Journalists based inside the Parliament building heard gunshots shortly after 2:30pm Local Time (10:30am ET) and were told to stay in their offices.

The attacker was shot and killed by police fficers.

The Parliament building was placed on a locked down and adjoining Westminster subway station were closed for hours after the terror attack.

Streets around nearby 10 Downing Street, which serves as both the home and office of United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, were evacuated.

A total of 3 people, including the police officer and an American, were killed in the terror attack.

Several people were reportedly injures in the terror attack, including 20 people who were treated for serious injuries and 8 people who suffered less serious wounds.

NBC News is reporting that French teenagers on a school trip and 2 Romanian tourists were among the casualties.

Authorities are treating the attack as a “terrorist incident” and had launched a full counter-terrorism investigation.

“We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only one attacker,” said Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Chief Mark Rowley adding “But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”

The threat level for international terrorism in the United Kingdom was already listed at severe, meaning an attack is “Highly Likely.”

During a nationally televised address outside 10 Downing Street, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacker a “sick and depraved terrorist” adding, “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our national capital. Let me make it clear today, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Parliament would meet as scheduled on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 and said that Londoners refused to allow the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.

In a statement from the White House, United States of America President Donald Trump called United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.

“He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice,” said United States of America President Donald Trump in the release statement.

The terror attack comes on the year anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks which killed 32 people.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terror attack. **

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Northridge, CA: Remembering 23 years ago the Northridge Earthquake of Monday, January 17th, 1994.

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Northridge, CA: Remembering 23 years ago the Northridge Earthquake of Monday, January 17th, 1994.

On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, we remember 23 years ago the Northridge Earthquake that rocked Northridge, California at around 4:30am PT on Monday, January 17th, 1994.

Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews will never forget that early morning living at the Peyton Avenue Apartments in Burbank, California when the largest earthquake he had ever felt in his life woke him up.

“I was 8 years old and as a child, I use to have a lots of nightmares, nightmares that were scary and had to do with my up bringing. But that night I remember being woken out of a nightmare sleep into a real life nightmare earthquake. I can’t forget the loud rattling and shattering of glass around my home, the cracking of walls in my front room, the loud alarms going off from parked vehicles under me in the underground parking structure, and me holding on for dear life under the kitchen table as the earthquake shook wildly all around me, After the earthquake, darkness was all around me and the aftershocks began. I was so scared and worried what would happen next if I leave the safety of the kitchen table. That earthquake was the largest earthquake that I had ever felt in my life and I will never forget how so many people’s lives were changed after that earthquake,” said Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews.

** Video “The Quake of 94” from Rewindium on YouTube: **

Soon after the large earthquake rocked the across Los Angeles County, California, radio and television began broadcasting live on the large earthquake that hit their community, including KNBC 4 News Reporter Joe Rico from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 in Burbank, California who began his reporting on the large earthquake with, “We’re here in the Channel 4 Newsroom. As you folks – there’s no surprise – early this morning, we’ve been hit by a major earthquake,” said KNBC 4 News Reporter Joe Rico.

“I remembered everybody in my apartment building glued to the news wanting to know more about this earthquake, how bad was the shaking, and and if there were anybody hurt. I remember watching the news reports from KNBC 4 as they showed the damage and fires that was burning. I prayed that everybody was alright and to please stop the shaking.” said Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews.

Initially, the large earthquake was reported as a strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake, but years later, the magnitude was upgraded to a magnitude 6 7 earthquake.

The large earthquake rocked people out of their sleep across the San Fernando Valley, California; Los Angeles, California; San Bernardino County; Riverside, California; and Orange County, California, and as far away as Needles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Richfield, Utah; and Ensenada, Mexico.

“I remembered everybody in my apartment building glued to the radio and battery televisions wanting to know more about this earthquake and how bad was the shaking,” said Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews.

The large earthquake killed 57 people, injured around 8,700 people, over 20,000 people were homeless, over 40,000 buildings were damaged causing around $20 billion dollars in damages.

** Here are a few of the deaths, injuries, and damages that occurred during the large earthquake included the following: **

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  • The Northridge Meadows Apartment complex building in Northridge, California where 16 people were killed as a result of the building’s collapse.

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  • The Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge, California where parking structure collapsed and trapped a person inside a vehicle.

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  • Just down the street from the parking structure collapse, a firght train with tanker cars carrying hazardous materials derailed in Northridge, California. No reports of leaks from the hazardous materials tanker cars and no reports of injuries to the public.

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  • Fire and water flowed out of the roadway on Balboa Boulevard near Halsey Street in Granada Hills, California.

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  • At least 40 homes were destroyed by fire at the Tahitian Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, California.

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  • Sections of overpasses along Interstate 10, State Route 14, Interstate 5, and State Route 118 collapsed during the earthquake shutting down those important routes to and from work and home.

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  • Newhall Pass Interchange of Interstate 5 and State Route 14 collapsed taking the life of Los Angeles Police Department Motorcycle Officer Clarence Wayne Dean.

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  • A home near Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, California was destroyed in a mudslide that was triggered by the large earthquake.
  • Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California were a large scoreboard collapsed on top of several hundred seats which were all vacant at the time of the earthquake.

The large earthquake changed the lives of so many people over the days, weeks, months, and years after the large earthquake and would ever be known as the Northridge Earthquake, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, or The Quake of 94.

Many of things have changed after the earthquake occurred; from improvements to infrastructures, overpasses, and bridges, and changes in the building codes and enforcement, to technology helping to improve quick response by first responders during a disaster as well as new technology to alert people in the path of an earthquake to head for safety.

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As we remember the Northridge Earthquake 23 years ago today, first responders and community officials want to remain everybody that the most important thing everybody, in California and around the globe, is preparedness and to have a plan of action.

Remember to have an emergency disaster kid and first aid kit ready to go in case of a disaster happens stocked up with items such as drinkable water, canned foods, flashlights, batteries, blankets, medications, Band Aids, anti-bacteria appointments, toilet paper, battery operated or crank up radio, important papers you might need including your social security card and birth certificate, warm clothing items, terrible walking shoes, and many more survivable items needed to survive at least 7 to 10 days after the earthquake as some experts and first responders recommended people to do.

When earthquake occurs, remember to get underneath a sturdy table and hold on tight well you cover your head.

If you’re at home or building during an earthquake, when it is safe to move after the earthquake, make sure to check your gas, water, and electric lines and if damaged, shut off the service. If you have a gas leak, do not use matches.

Call 911 for emergencies only and if you are making a call on a communication device such as landline phones or cellular phone, try to make a call to a friend or family member outside the disaster area and make calls only if they are important as phone service will be very busy or limited if communication lines are damaged and down after an earthquake.

If you are driving on the road, highway, or interstate, pull over to the side of the road away from a overhead power lines, bridges, and overpasses in case those power lines fall or those bridges and overpasses buckle and collapse.

Never run outside during an earthquake or use candles and elevators after an earthquake.

A good idea to do is to have you your family and friends enter a class on how to prepare for an earthquake or join a training class on surviving a disaster.

If you would like to help your community during a disaster, volunteer with your local Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), American Red Cross, or other disaster relief organizations.

Please remember to remain calm and come together as a community to help each other get through a disaster.

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May we never forget the many people who lost their lives during the Northridge Earthquake on Monday, January 17th, 1994.

May we never stop thanking the many first responders and Good Samaritan that came together to help save lives and help those in need after the Northridge Earthquake on Monday, January 17th, 1994.

May we never let a disasters, either man-made and nature cause, break or divide our love, caring, and helpful spirit for we are community.

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News Update!!: Fort Lauderdale, FL: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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News Update!!: Fort Lauderdale, FL: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding a deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, January 6th, 2017.

** 5:27pm PT on Sunday, January 8th, 2017: **

T.M.Z. has obtained security surveillance video of the shooter in the draft shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The shooter, Esteban Santiago, is seen walked casually through baggage claim area before suddenly pulling a 9 mm handgun tucked inside his waistband, pulling the handgun out, and beginning to shoot.

After shots were fired, people in the baggage claim area are seen running for safety.

** You can watch the video at the following T.M.Z. website address: **

http://m.tmz.com/#article/2017/01/08/ft-lauderdale-shooting-first-shots-video/

** As of 4:00pm PT on Saturday, January 7th, 2017: **

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** Picture from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6: **

Authorities have identified the 5 of the people who died in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Of the 5 victims, 3 of the victim’s names have been made public by authorities and the remaining 2 victim’s names will be released later.

**** List of the Victims: ****

  • Olga Woltering of Georgia:

Olga Woltering was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all.

Olga Woltering was a member of Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Marietta, Georgia since 1978.

  • 62 year old Terry Andres of Virginia:

Terry Andres was a 12-year volunteer with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

According to Art Kohn, Spokesman for the Virginia Beach Fire Department, Terry Andres was a volunteer support technician with the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department from April 2004 through 2010.

In a statement, the Virginia Beach Fire Department said, “He was well-liked and respected for both his dedication to being a volunteer as well as his professional approach to his job as a support tech. We mourn his passing as we do all the victims of the senseless attack in Fort Lauderdale.”

  • 57 year old Michael Oehme of Iowa:

Michael Oehme was a land surveyor, owned his own business, Boundaryline Surveys, was a frequent traveler who loved to cruise with his wife Kari Oehme.

Michael Oehme was flying in to Fort Lauderdale for a Caribbean cruise, but his life was taken away in the deadly shooting.

Michael Oehme’s wife, Kari Oehme, was also shot during the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, but is expected to survive.

 

The number of injured was revised on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 from 8 people injured to 6 people injured.

Of the 6 people injured, 3 people are in good condition and the others 3 people are in intensive care.

** As of 3:49pm PT on Saturday, January 7th, 2017: **

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** Picture of Esteban Santiago from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office: **

– Federal prosecutors have filed charges against Esteban Santiago, suspect in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that could bring the death penalty if he’s convicted.

** As of 7:00am PT on Saturday, January 7th, 2017: **

** Live Video from NBC affiliate WCMH Channel 4: **

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) and Broward County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a press conference regarding a deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

** As of 5:40am PT on Saturday, January 7th, 2017: **

– Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has reopened roads to the terminal.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Officials are warning travelers that flight delays and cancellations would likely continue.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was closed for hours after a gunman began shooting in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, January 6th, 2017 killing at least 5 people and wounding 8 people.

While Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was closed, stranded passengers were offered bedding, food and water by American Red Cross Volunteers at Port Everglades Cruise Terminal overnight.

** As of 11:59pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

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** Picture of Esteban Santiago from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office: **

– According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, a gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, January 6th, 2017 killing at least 5 people and wounding 8 people.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office identified the gunman as 26 year old Esteban Santiago and released a picture (Shown Above) of the gunman who was arrested after the deadly shooting.

According to Anchorage International Airport Police Chief Jesse Davis, Esteban Santiago took off from Anchorage, Alaska to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota on the night of Thursday, January 5th, 2107 aboard a Delta Airlines Flight 1088, checking only a piece of luggage — his gun, then boarded a Delta Airline Flight 2182 to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Esteban Santiago arrived at the at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just before 1:00pm ET on a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, retrieved a gun from his checked luggage in the baggage claim area, loaded the gun, and began shooting.

As authorities arrived, Esteban Santiago dropped to the ground, spread his hand out on the ground, and was taken into police custody uninjured.

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** Picture from Mark Lea: **

A picture from Mark Lea (Picture Above) shows the possible suspect in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport being taken into police custody.

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** Picture from Mark Lea: **

Another picture from Mark Lea (Picture Above) shows a gun on the ground inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport following the deadly shooting.

Esteban Santiago was interviewed by Broward County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Agents.

According to Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott, Esteban Santiago is in federal custody and no shots were fired by authorities.

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** Pictures from NBC News: **

After Esteban Santiago was arrested, authorities including SWAT Team began searching the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to make sure if there were any additional shooters.

As authorities searched Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, people were seen running across the tarmac and sheltering behind vehicles while authorities had seen with their guns drawn at a parking garage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Authorities later confirmed that there wasn’t an additional shooters involved in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The motive in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport remains under investigation.

According to Federal Bureau of Investigation Spokesman George Piro, in November 2016, Esteban Santiago walked into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Anchorage, Alaska and complained of hearing voices, claiming the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) was forcing him to join ISIS.

Officials said local law enforcement in Anchorage, Alaska were called and Esteban Santiago voluntarily went to a mental health facility for treatment.

According to Federal Bureau of Investigation Spokesman George Piro, Esteban Santiago will be federally charged and likely make his first court appearance Monday, January 9th, 2017 in Broward County, Florida.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport remains closed and has temporarily suspended all services.

All flights within 50 miles at the time of the closure were able to land but the rest were diverted to other airports.

Broward County Officials said that a family assistance center was set up at the Renaissance Hotel located at 1617 Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Broward County Officials have established a toll-free phone number for passengers and family members at: 1 (866) 435-9355.

** As of 3:16pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

– Air Canada has tweeted that, “We confirm we have no record of a passenger by the name Esteban Santiago, or checked guns, on any of our flights to Fort Lauderdale #FLL 5/5”.

A Canadian Embassy spokeswoman clarified that the flight originated in Anchorage, Alaska, and continued to Ft. Lauderdale via Minneapolis, never landing in Canada.

Southwest Airlines has tweeted, “Operations are suspended at FLL for the rest of the day. Flexible rebooking is available on http://southwest.com”.

** As of 3:00pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

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** Picture from NBC News: **

During a press conference regarding the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke to the news media.

“The citizens of Florida will not tolerate senseless acts of evil. You just can’t imagine how this could ever happen in a state like ours. My heart goes out to every family impacted, the families that lost their loved ones, and the families and the individuals that still have loved ones still in the hospital fighting for their life,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also said that he’s been in contact with United States of America President Barack Obama and United States of America President Elect Donald Trump, who both offered support.

Earlier, United States of America President Elect Donald Trump tweeted, “Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!”

** As of 2:21pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

Florida Governor Rick Scott is speaking to the news media at a press conference regarding the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

** Video at NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6: **

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Shooting-Reported-Inside-Fort-Lauderdale–Hollywood-International-Airport-409905825.html

** As of 2:00pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

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** Picture from NBC News: **

– Authorities say there will be a control explosion done due to what they say is a suspicious package found.

Broward County Sheriff says their bomb squad will detonate a suspicious package near railroad tracks at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

** As of 1:20pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

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** Picture from NBC News: **

At least 13 people were shot; 5 people were killed and at least 8 people were injured, in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

NBC News is reporting that the shooter reloaded twice and after the shootings, went on the ground and waited for law enforcement to arrest him.

Officials have identified the gunman in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as 26 year old Esteban Santiago, was born in New Jersey.

Broward County Sheriff say that there is no second shooter.

According to law enforcement officials say Esteban Santiago arrived at the airport on a flight, retrieved luggage from baggage claim, took a gun from his luggage, loaded it and started firing,

** Live Video from NBC News: **

A news conference was held moments ago regarding the deadly shooting.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the shooter was apprehended without incident, and the situation was “fluid and active” while the airport remained closed.

Federal authorities declined to give details about the shooter or his weapon, and said he was being interviewed to determine a motive.

** Video from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6: **

According to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Officials, the closure is for an extended period of time and travelers should please contact their airline about your flight.

** Live Video at NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8: **

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida remains closed and authorities are cleaning the airport.

United States of America President Elect Donald Trump tweeted, “Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!”

** As of 11:35am PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

The Transportation Security Administration is reporting an active shooter at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and wants people to shelter in place.

** As of 10:45am PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017: **

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There has been a deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, January 6th, 2017.

** Live Video at NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8: **

The shooting took place at around 1:00pm ET in the lower level baggage claim area at Terminal 2 inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that multiple people are dead, a number of people were transported to a hospital, and the suspect is in police custody.

Authorities have cleared the terminal around gates D4 and D5, located at the north side of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport at the time of the shooting and “everyone is running.”

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer later tweeted that “all seems calm.”

They have also closed off the lower level between terminals 2 and 3.

Hundreds of passengers and airport employees were immediately cleared out from the area and escorted out onto the tarmac.

At 1:15pm ET, people with flights were still arriving on the upper level for departures.

At 1:25pm ET, these hundreds of people were still outside on the tarmac.

Travelers are advised to contact their airlines before going to the airport.

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** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

Breaking News!!: Fort Lauderdale, FL: Deadly Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Breaking News!!: Fort Lauderdale, FL: Deadly Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

There has been a deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, January 6th, 2017.

** Live Video at NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8: **

The shooting took place at around 1:00pm ET in the lower level baggage claim area at Terminal 2 inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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** Pictures from NBC News: **

The Broward Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that multiple people are dead, a number of people were transported to a hospital, and the suspect is in police custody.

Authorities have cleared the terminal around gates D4 and D5, located at the north side of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport at the time of the shooting and “everyone is running.”

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer later tweeted that “all seems calm.”

They have also closed off the lower level between terminals 2 and 3.

Hundreds of passengers and airport employees were immediately cleared out from the area and escorted out onto the tarmac.

At 1:15pm ET, people with flights were still arriving on the upper level for departures.

At 1:25pm ET, these hundreds of people were still outside on the tarmac.

Travelers are advised to contact their airlines before going to the airport.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **