Manchester Arena: an atrocity so swiftly forgotten


Hashem Abedi was sentenced to a minimum of 55 years in prison yesterday for his part in the murder of 22 people in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. His older brother, Salman, blew himself up in the arena's foyer with a shrapnel-stuffed bomb he and Hashem, both committed Islamists, had prepared together.

2017 was the year Britain was rocked by four major terror attacks. But the scale and barbarism of Manchester still stands out. Alongside the 22 slain, more than 100 were hospitalised and over 800 were injured. Families have had the hearts ripped out of them. Survivors still struggle with life-changing injuries.

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