Reports of pre-attack Tweets begin to emerge
By Zoie O’brien
Manchester Arena was rocked by a huge explosion as children and their parents made their way towards the exit after the pop singer’s final performance.
Families are still searching for their loved ones as police confirm children are among the dead.
The attack shocked Britain with politicians cancelling campaigning for the 2017 general election.
However, reports are beginning to emerge there were warnings on Twitter – four hours before the attack.
An unverified Twitter account posted two messages and an image of an ISIS flag.
The messages appeared to predict the atrocity at the arena filled with 21,000 fans.
One message said: “Are you forget our threat?”
Followed by: “This is just the beginning.”
The tweets, which are not verified, are time-stamped at 6.24pm, four hours before the bomb went off.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, although it has been widely celebrated by ISIS.
Supporters of the sick jihadists celebrated the killings.
One message on Twitter posted by a user called Abdul Haqq said: “It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to #Manchester.”
On Telegram ISIS cheerleaders even shared updates from Greater Manchester Police.
As early as 11pm – 25 minutes after the explosion – channels began to light up with talks of the attack.
One Telegram user said: “We hope that the perpetrator is one of the soldiers of the caliphate.”
Twitter suspended dozens of accounts.
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee at 9am.
Britain is on “severe” alert its second-highest level, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.