Many areas in Manchester remain on high alert a day after Britain raised its terror threat to the highest level of “critical”.
Monday night’s suicide attack on a concert hall in the city killed 22 people, including children.
Manchester-born writer Howard Jacobson had this to say in the New York Times.
“It was a terrible, barbaric attack. What we are being told is that it is an ongoing operation which means that the investigation is continuing to find leads.
Until we can be reassured that there is no continued activity around this operation, that it is entirely safe around this operation, then it is right that we are at this heightened state of alert,”
said Interior Minister Anber Rudd.
Some of the British press have been quick to use the attack for political purposes during the ongoing election campaign. The brother of the one of the victims was not amused by rightwing tabloid “The Sun”
Some of the 59 people wounded have life-threatening injuries. Floral tributes are being laid at St Ann’s Square., and many Mancunians are feeling the tension.
‘“It’s not really changed for me since yesterday. I live literally next door to the Manchester Arena as well, so I heard the bomb go bang.
So all my area is cordoned off by the police still, so there’s still that in the air isn’t there? So it’s not the best,” said one man.
The investigation is already extending to the presumed bomber’s entourage, where disbelief at a quiet British-born 22-year-old’s act is being mixed with
reports of an irritable young man who had become increasingly radical.
Celebrated local poet Tony Walsh had a personal tribute for the city.
Aftermath phone camera pix Courtesy Twitter.Com/Hannahwwh