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Minute’s silence to mark Manchester attack anniversary

British government buildings, along with participating private organisations, will hold a minute's silence on 22 May 2018

By IQ on 25 Apr 2018

Tributes were paid to victims of the attack in Manchester's St Ann's Sq

Tributes were paid to victims of the attack in Manchester's St Ann's Sq

image © David Dixon

A minute’s silence will be held to mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, the British government announced this morning.

The silence, to be held at 14.30 on Tuesday 22 May – exactly a year on from the attack, in which 22 people lost their lives – will be marked at all UK government buildings, with many private organisations also expected to follow suit.

A service at Manchester Cathedral and a communal choir event, Manchester Together – With One Voice, are among the other events also planned to mark the day.

Twenty-two people died and hundreds more were injured on 22 May 2017 after a suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, detonated an improvised device outside the 21,000-capacity arena’s foyer after a show by Ariana Grande.

A recent inquiry into the bombing, the Kerslake report, praised arena operator SMG Europe and security company Showsec for going “above and beyond their roles to provide humanitarian assistance” to victims of the bombing.


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