Many People Still Unaccounted for Night After Manchester Suicide Bombing: 'It's the Most Horrible Feeling Ever'
The night after a fatal bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, at least 12 people still appear to be missing, according to reports.
Desperate parents have taken to social media in search of their missing children following the bombing, which killed 22 people and hospitalized at least 59 on Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert.
“Anyone seen my daughter Olivia Campbell,” Charlotte Campbell wrote in a Facebook post shortly after the attack, including a photo of 15-year-old Olivia. She uploaded another picture of her daughter early on Tuesday, writing, “Please share my daughter is still missing with no news on her.”
The deadly explosion occurred around 10:33 p.m. local time near the ticket office outside the arena, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. Investigators suspect the attack was carried out by Salman Abedi, 22, who detonated an improvised explosive device and died at the scene, Hopkins said.
Police have also arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack, according to Hopkins.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant communication, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police said children were among the 22 killed in the explosion, the Associated Press reports.
Campbell told CNN that she last spoke with her daughter just after 8 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s the most horrible feeling ever to know that your daughter’s there,” she said through tears. “You can’t find her. You don’t know if she’s dead or alive, and I don’t know how people can do this to innocent children.”
As families work with authorities to locate their loved ones, the hashtag #ManchesterMissing has surfaced, with social media users using the tag to help find those missing since the explosion.
“My daughter Courtney Boyle and partner Philip Tron have gone missing tonight in a attack at Manchester tonight please share and help find them I need them home safe xX,” Deborah Hutchinson wrote in a Facebook post that is no longer invisible to the public, which included photos of Courtney and Philip.
Nell Jones, a 14-year-old girls believed to have been using crutches Monday night, is also still believed to be missing, according to The Telegraph.
A post on the Kutsford Young Farmers Facebook group reads, “One of our members and close friend Nell Jones was at the concert last night and sadly is still missing! If anyone hears from Nell please let someone know!”
A Twitter user said that Jones works with her boyfriend, and asked users to retweet and share.
Dawn Finnigan sent out a string of tweets in search of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, who have not been in touch with family members since the explosion.
“There is still no news on Chloe and Liam,” Finnigan wrote, adding that family members had been in touch with police.
Others, like Stuart Aspinall, 25, asked for news of his friend Martyn Hett, whom he was separated from toward the end of the concert at one of Britain’s biggest indoor arenas.
“He has the biggest Deirdre Barlow tattoo on his [calf], ever, so you really can’t miss him. I just want to find out that he’s safe somewhere,” he wrote on Facebook.
Alex Klis used Facebook to circulate news that her mother and father have not been seen since the concert, and she posted a picture of them taken on Monday evening in the clothes they were wearing for the concert.
Klis wrote, “If anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they’ve been missing ever since the attack.”
In the midst of the chaos, social media users began circulating the hashtag #RoomForManchester to alert stranded people to places where they could stay for the night.
Cab drivers also turned their meters off for the evening to transport concertgoers to safety.
A local hotel reported taking in more than 50 youths, some of whom were waiting to be reunited with parents and guardians.