tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC May 23, 2017 3:30pm-4:01pm PDT
tonight, breaking news as we come on the air, from manchester, england. after the deadly terror attack at an ariana grande concert -- >> oh, my god. >> -- just moments ago, the british government raising the threat level to its highest point, now at critical. and tonight here, new images from the explosion. 22 dead, many of them children, young people. the little girl who was just 8. tonight we're with the community, still looking for their children. the mother, still missing. also tonight, the suicide bomber now identified. the new image posted. authorities blasting their way into his home. the 22-year old it turns out was known to authorities. and back in the u.s. tonight, the fbi call late today to field offices across the country, from concerts, to sporting events, the concern at home. the major headline tonight in washington.
the former head of the cia testifying before congress, making it clear that the trump team had multiple contacts with the russians, and that it worried him. and the fiery crash back home. the fuel truck bursting into flames. >> announcer: this is a special edition of abc "world news tonight" with david muir. reporting front manchester, england. good evening. as we come on the air tonight, from england -- britain's prime minister has just raised the threat level to critical. that's their highest level. it comes just 4 hours after the deadly concert attack. american pop star ariana grande had just performed. a suicide bomber targeting the most vulnerable, children, teenagers. terrified parents, some still hoping to find their children. 22 people were killed, dozens more rushed to the hospital. many critically injured. tonight, we have new images here and where the bomb was detonated
just after that concert ended 57bd the suspect tonight, authorities forcing their way into his home today. we believe with terry moran here in manchester tonight. ♪ >> reporter: they came out on a school night to see their idol, thousands of teenage girls packing the arena. pop diva ariana grande finishes her encore in a shower of pink balloons. at 10:33 p.m., the house lights come up, and then the sound of the bomb. >> oh, my god. >> what's going on? >> what just happened? >> reporter: panic. >> oh, my god! >> confusion, those pink balloons popping as the audience rushes for the exits.
girls clamber over railings, dropping into the crowd, desperate to escape. carol taylor was there with a friend and their children. >> there was just smoke and there were embers coming down from the roof and people were screaming and we just ran and ran and ran. >> reporter: bethany keeling was right near the exit when the bomb went off. >> i saw like a flash. like, an explosion flash. i grabbed my friend's hand and we just ran. but we looked and we could see the bodies on the floor. >> reporter: victims lying where they'd fallen. the ground streaked with blood. the killer today identified as 22-year old british-born salman abedi. police believe he detonated his suicide bomb here, in an area connecting the massive arena to the nearby train station, which then descended into chaos. when the bomb went off, many parents were waiting outside to collect their kids after the show. for some of to youngsters, it
was their first concert. joe gregory was sitting in his car, waiting to pick up his girlfriend. he sees the flash, hears the bang. and then it hits him. >> no! >> reporter: as ambulances screeched to the scene, and people tended to the wounded, nick hayward plunged into the fleeing crowd, searching for his daughter kaitlyn. >> i had that moment when i was working my way up the steps of, "what am i going to find?" and in the back of your mind, you're thinking the worst. >> reporter: and then you saw her -- >> oh, just huge relief, huge relief. huge relief. it was almost like she had been >> reporter: relief for one father. but tonight, sorrow for so many. these images beamed around the world -- some young fans, still clutching those pink balloons. >> terry is here with us in manchester. the uk has now raised its threat level to critical. what can we see now. >> up to 5,000 military troops will now be deployed at key
sites and on the streets of britain. a striking sight in a country where ordinary policemen don't carry firearms. it will free up police resources to go on the hunt for more suspects, david. >> terry moran leading us off here in england. terry, thank you. authorities here now say they know who the suicide bomber is. it turns out he was known to police. they blasted their way through his home tonight and you're about to see it here. abc's brian ross. >> reporter: in the frantic search today to see if others are involved, police blew open the door of the bomber's home, looking for any clues about the suspect. one officer was seen with a small book titled know your chemicals. later, they took one man into custody nearby, identified by neighbors as the terrorist's older brother. >> investigators need to focus on where day learned to build a device like this, the real
question, is there a cell that goes beyond this individual? >> reporter: tonight, we are learning the bomber himself, 22-year-old salman abedi, was born in manchester, the son of a family who emigrated from libya. a college dropout, abedi was once one of the 500 young men known to british authorities as possible terrorists. >> abedi was a terrorist suspect in the uk, mi5 were aware of him, they were aware he posed a potential threat, but they didn't think he posed the imminent threat that he proved himself to do in manchester. >> reporter: neighbors today told abc news the abedi family would only talk with other muslims. the neighborhood, around an area called moss side, just a few miles from the concert hall, is considered by police to be a hotbed of isis recruitment. >> moss side is very well known. a lot of people with petty criminal pasts, involvement in gangs, getting involved instead
with isis later on. >> reporter: manchester police have actually been planning for a terrorist attack. for some time. this training exercise was held just last year at a manchester shopping mall, to help police plan for an attack on a crowded, soft target. >> brian ross joins us tonight. you reported there that this suspect was known to british authorities as a potential suspect. >> that's right. salman abedi was on a government watch list at some point. he wasn't being closely watched because authorities didn't believe he posed an immediate threat. >> brian ross tonight, our thanks to you. the awful reality. this attack, where so many young people would die. the mother who is still missing. >> reporter: from the teenagers who were on their own for a concert, to the children running out holding their mother's hands.
the attack was cruelly aimed at young lives, innocent children. among the dead, saffie roussos, just 8 years old, separated from her mother and big sister. she did not survive. her school saying today, "she was simply a beautiful little girl loved by everyone." there are reports here her mother was critically injured, in the hospital, and might not be aware of what happened to saffie. 18-year-old georgina callander had her picture taken with the pop star two years ago and was back to see her in concert. she did not make it out. and at a vigil here in manchester, a town square filled with thousands to honor the young faces who did not get out. [ crying ] >> it's a horrible thing that's happened. it won't change this city. >> reporter: why was it so important for you to come out today? >> it's an attack on manchester, which is our city. i think everyone needs to show support and so that we are all together and we are all strong.
>> i cannot begin to imagine what the parents are going through. anyone who's a mother, like myself, you just cannot bear too much. >> reporter: and the children who are struggling for words. what should everyone do now? >> um -- carry on as we usually do. just not hurt anyone or feel angry at anyone. >> reporter: tonight, more than a dozen still missing. families and friends still waiting, searching. >> i'm sharing pictures of missing people. people that need help. >> reporter: looking in hotels, side streets, hospitals. a teenager's uncle searching for his 15-year-old nice, olivia. >> you haven't seen this girl by any chance, have you? excuse me, i'm just asking if you've seen this young girl. >> reporter: olivia's mother, charlotte, holding a picture of her daughter. >> if anybody has seen her, please contact the police. contact somebody. let you know you've seen her. just let the police know, please.
>> reporter: a desperate plea from a mother. >> please just phone me and come home please. >> reporter: the #missingmanchester has been shared around the world. chloe rutherford and liam curry, missing. laura macintyre and eilidh macleod, still not found. courtney boyle and her boyfriend philip tron. martyn hett, separated from his friends at the end of the show. and this mother, wendy fawell, who hasn't been seen since the concert. but there are families tonight, thankful and relieved, posting photos of the missing they've discovered alive. and this tweet -- "all of these people have been found. let's keep going." and here in this square, we met a grandfather whose own wife is a child psychologist and first responder. she's been helping children and hasn't been home yet. >> it's cowards and it's the weakest. affecting people that are the weakest and families that are affected. and i don't know what they hoped to achieve.
>> the grandfather and his wife counselling the youngest survivors here. tonight, many back home in the u.s. asking, what about concert there is? even sporting events? the fbi held an urgent call with field offices. abc's justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, abc news learning that state, federal, and local authorities are now working to identify potentially vulnerable "open venues" here, ranging from sporting events to concerts. at a john legend concert in grand prairie, texas, last night, as manchester unfolded -- >> we want to make sure they saw plenty of officers out here. >> reporter: -- beefed up security. at the melissa etheridge concert in los angeles, same story. more security, bags being inspected. >> i understand why they have to do that. it's the world that we live in now. >> reporter: with terror attacks surging in europe, u.s. officials locked in. worried about isis and the potential for copycats. expect increased security at this weekend's indy 500.
today in new york, the nation's number-one terror target, more heavily-armed police at more locations. >> pierre, we just heard brian ross reporting earlier, there are some 500 people being watched here in the uk because of potential terror links. but you reported there are countless cases back in the u.s. that authorities are watching as well. >> here at home, the they're conducting more than 1,000 terror cases in all states. >> pierre thomas in times square tonight. president trump weighing in on the manchester attack. choosing his words carefully. i want to bring in cecilia vega tonight, traveling with the president. cecilia, let's listen to what the president had to say. >> so many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. i won't call them monsters. because they would like that term.
they would think that's a great name. >> evil losers his words for the attacker and anyone else who might have been behind this. cecilia, the next stop tomorrow is meeting with the pope. >> david, you remember, they had that very public feud during the campaign over the border wall, the pope said that building the border wall was unchristian. then-candidate donald trump called the pope a political person. they are meeting tomorrow for the very first time. it's just a short meeting, 15 minutes to 20 minutes. all eyes will be on the rat can here. if they do past that it could be a sign they're becoming friends. >> cecilia vega, thank you. meantime the president and his team well aware of the headlines back home. another major development today zthe former head of the cia testifying on capitol hill, he said associates of the trump campaign were in touch with the
russians and often and that it worried him. mary bruce on the hill again tonight. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, blunt talk from the former cia director. >> i encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between russian officials and u.s. persons involved in the trump campaign. >> reporter: for the first time, john brennan saying during the campaign he was concerned about ties between the russians and the trump campaign. so much so, he thought the fbi should investigate and he warned the russians to cut it out. >> it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals. >> reporter: but today he stopped short of calling it collusion. >> i don't know whether or not such "collusion" -- and that's your term -- such collusion existed. i don't know. >> reporter: that question is now at the heart of multiple investigations.
and now, "the washington post" now reports president trump asked two of his top intelligence officials to publicly deny any coordination with the russians. one of those officials, the director of national intelligence, pressed by lawmakers today, would neither confirm nor deny. >> it's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that. >> reporter: for now, the director isn't saying anymore. >> we've said all we're going to say. >> mary bruce joins us live tonight from capitol hill. mary, you're getting word that the president is hiring a private attorney to deal with all this. >> david, we just lirnd that the president is expected to hire a private attorney to represent him in the special koucounsel's investigation. david. >> mary bruce with us tonight from washington, mary, thank you there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" -- the deadly explosion back home. the images coming in this
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finally tonight, from here in manchester, you can see the vigil here behind me as we stand here in albert square where thousands came here today to send the attacker a message. tonight, a message from manchester -- "we are strong." as stories of heroism now come to light, like paula robinson, hailed as the angel of manchester. >> this big explosion just went off, so we came out the fire exit and as soon as we came out, we were directly at the bottom of the steps to the arena. >> reporter: she saw crowds of teenage girls running from that arena -- >> i just shouted, "everyone, just make your way to the holiday inn." >> reporter: -- bringing dozens of young girls to safety at a nearby hotel, calling their parents for them. >> then i put on social media, "everyone make your way there if you're missing children, i've got children there." >> reporter: there are other stories emerging here, too. cab drivers offering free rides. to get the young people out
quickly. >> god only knows what these people were feeling like. >> reporter: and that hashtag -- #roomformanchester -- hundreds of residents near the arena offering shelter, food, comfort. >> we only live around the corner so we just wanted to see if anyone wanted a place to sit that was warm. >> reporter: and today, people telling me they will move foward. how do you process what has happened here? >> haven't really. it's horrible. >> reporter: and there was the little boy wearing the tie and what his mother told us, hoping the future will be better for her sons. what do you hope. >> i hope the world will get better as he grows up and people can start to learn this isn't going to change the way people live. >> we all hope for that thank you for watching here on a tuesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you here