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Timeline of how Ariana Grande’s fans’ joy turned to terror after cowardly killer caused carnage


MANCHESTER suicide bomber Salman Abedi unleashed terror after a £3.50 tram ride.

According to US intelligence he took the city’s Metrolink after travelling by train from London.


Abedi, 22, then mingled with fans streaming out of the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Many were heading for next-door Victoria Station to catch a train home or to meet parents who were waiting to collect them.

At around 10.30pm, after the US star finished her final number on stage and ­hundreds of pink balloons were released, he detonated his suicide belt packed with nuts, bolts and nails in the arena’s crowded foyer.


As people fled in terror they were confronted by a scene of carnage with bodies strewn across the floor.

By 10.35pm emergency ­services were racing to the scene in response to reports of an explosion.

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Delight . . . young fans are thrilled to see their hero in concert[/caption]

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Panic . . . dashing to escape after blast[/caption]

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Help . . . 999 teams raced to venue[/caption]

Cops declared a “serious incident” at 10.55pm and at 11.46pm confirmed there had been a number of deaths.

Hours earlier excited fans had been heading into the 21,000 capacity venue.

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Comfort . . . a police officer reassures a youngster[/caption]

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In shock . . . girl sits amid the chaos outside arena[/caption]

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Bloodied . . . man with bandaged head wound[/caption]

Doors opened at 6pm with Ariana due on stage at 7.30pm.

Youngsters posted selfies on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter before their joy turned to horror.

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Tears . . . a young lad is overcome after horror[/caption]

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Concern . . . policeman and the public tend to victim[/caption]

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Warm . . . two gig-goers wrapped in thermal blankets[/caption]


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