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Police release name of Manchester bomber

A Police officer stands guard near the Manchester Arena on Tuesday in Manchester, England. At least 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Police have named Salman Abedi, 22, as the suspected bomber. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Police in Manchester, England, named the suspected bomber on Tuesday that they believe is responsible for an attack on an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena Monday evening that left 22 people dead and 59 injured.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said at a news conference Tuesday that the suspect’s name is Salman Abedi.

"I can confirm that the man suspected of carrying out last night’s atrocity is 22-year-old Salman Abedi," Hopkins said.

Hopkins said that the suspect’s identity has not yet been confirmed by the coroner, and so he wasn’t at liberty to "comment any further at this stage."

According to the BBC, Abedi “was Manchester born and from a family of Libyan origin.”

The BBC also reported that Abedi has at least three siblings and the family "has lived at several addresses in Manchester."

The Guardian reported that Abedi "is thought to have been known to both the police and the security services" prior to the attack.

Roughly 21,000 people were packed into the Manchester arena Monday night. As the show ended, the lights in the arena came on and thousands of people, many of them children, filed out of the building. That's when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive just outside the arena, the BBC reported.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier Tuesday that the attack at Manchester Arena “was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom.”

The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This article has been updated to include additional information.

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