The youngest victim of last night’s horrific attack in Manchester was just 8 years-old, it has been reported.
Saffie Rose Roussos died of her injuries following an act of terrorism at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.
Her mum and sister are being treated for shrapnel injuries in separate hospitals.
Before the tragic news of her death was announced, friends appealed on Facebook for information about Saffie-Rose’s whereabouts.
“My friend Lisa and her daughters Ashlee and Saffie were at the concert last night,” read one post.
“Saffie-Rose, 8 years old is still missing. Her mum Lisa and sister Ash are in hospital with shrapnel injuries which are not life threatening but Saffie is still missing. Ashlee’s in Bolton but Lisa is in a different one.
“Please could you share this post and help find her…please contact me with ANY INFORMATION.”
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the act of terrorism, saying the attacker was a ‘soldier of the caliphate’.
According to the Independent, the most recent version of its propaganda magazine listed concert halls as ‘ideal target locations’ for attacks. Police Chief Ian Hopkins says that the lone attacker died when detonating an improvised explosive device in the attack.
Prime Minister Theresa May has told a press conference that intelligence services believe they know the identity of the attacker and are working to determine whether he was acting alone or a part of a group.
Eyewitnesses reported that nuts and bolts strewn around the floor while others reported the ‘smell of explosives’. People have presented to hospitals across Manchester with shrapnel like injuries.
An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area: 0800 096 0095.