Manchester Arena bomber murdered 22 innocent people in suicide attack, inquest rules


Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi died from suicide “while undertaking a terror attack that murdered 22 innocent victims and injured many others”, an inquest has concluded.

The medical cause of the 22-year-old’s death was blast injuries.

Sir John Saunders, chairman of the public inquiry into the terror attack, was legally obliged to hold an inquest because Abedi had a sudden and violent death.

After a documentary inquest rather than a public hearing in a coroner’s court, Sir John, acting as a coroner, released details of his ruling on Wednesday.

Recording the circumstances of how Abedi died, Sir John said: “The deceased died at 10.31pm on May 22 2017 in the City Room of the Manchester Arena in the Victoria Exchange Complex in Manchester.

“The deceased died near to the entrance doors to the Manchester Arena, when he detonated an explosive device that he had made with his brother and carried into the City Room in a backpack as part of a planned terror attack.

“In detonating the device the deceased murdered 22 innocent victims and injured many others.”

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