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Attack could have been halted

THE Manchester Arena attack that killed 22 people – including a Barra teenager – might have been prevented if different measures were taken, an official report has determined.

In the months leading up to the attack on May 22, in which 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod lost her life and her friend Laura MacIntyre was injured, MI5 received intelligence about the would-be suicide bomber Salman Abedi, ‘whose significance was not fully appreciated at the time’, states David Anderson QC, who wrote the report. This intelligence was not linked to terrorism, but to criminality.

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