Inquiry into Manchester Arena bombing continues
Friday, March 19th, 2021
The Inquiry into the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena continues. It was set up as a response to the Inquests into the 22 deaths from the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017. The Coroner at the Inquests, Sir John Saunders, requested that the Inquests be turned into a Public Inquiry. The Home Secretary agreed to this. The Inquiry has been set up to explore the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the terror attack. The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are:
1. Whether the attack by Salman Abedi could have been prevented by the authorities
2. The build up to the attack
3. The attack itself
4. The security arrangements within and outside the Arena
5. The emergency response to the bombing
6. The experiences of each person who died
7. The immediate cause and mechanism of each death
Salman Abedi killed 22 people and a further 800 people were injured as they were leaving a concert by Ariana Grande. It was the worst terrorist attack on British soil since the July 7 bombings in 2005.
The Inquiry has so far heard from relatives of the deceased in commemorative hearings, security personnel who were working at the Arena at the time, and members of the health and safety community.