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Family of injured bomb victim speak of her fight for life

Laura MacIntyre Credit: Family handout

The family of a young girl severely injured in the Manchester bomb attack have spoken of their daughter's fight for life - describing her as "strong-willed".

Laura MacIntyre was at the Ariana Grande concert with her friend Eilidh MacLeod when a suicide bomber struck the Manchester Arena.

Eilidh was killed, while Laura has been left in a critical condition.

In a statement, her family paid tribute to Eilidh and thanked people, including the emergency services, for their support.

Our daughter Laura is a funny and witty young girl who excels at everything she does.

Laura and her friend Eilidh were so looking forward to the concert, but that night has now ended in a tragedy where Eilidh has lost her life and Laura is in a critical condition.

Our hearts and minds have been with Eilidh's family since we heard their news.

We want to thank everybody for their support including the emergency services for all that they have done and continue to do.

We know that Laura is in the best possible place and is receiving the best care that she can.

Laura is strong-willed and a fighter, and while she continues this battle we ask that all media respect our privacy at this extremely difficult time.

– Family of Laura MacIntyre

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Manchester bomber called his brother before attack

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi called his younger brother just 20 minutes before the bomb was detonated, ITV News has learned.

The suicide bomber had gone to stay with his brother Hashem and father in the Libyan capital in April before returning to Manchester on May 17.

Both family members have since been detained in Tripoli as detectives continue to examine the Libyan connection at the heart of the investigation.

The international probe has also spread to Germany after it emerged Salman Abedi visited Dusseldorf days before the attack.

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More than £4m raised for Manchester attack victims

Victims of the attack were visited by the Queen, who condemned the attack as 'wicked'. Credit: PA

Crowdfunding for the victims of the Manchester suicide attack has surpassed £4 million.

The money raised include more than £1.5m from a JustGiving page set up by the Manchester Evening News and £1m donations pledged by both Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs.

£1.5m
JustGiving page set up by the Manchester Evening News
£2m
Combined donation from Manchester City and Manchester United
£850k
Donations to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

Added to the donations to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, it saw the total pass £4.3 million by Thursday afternoon.

The money raised for the victims and their families will be looked after by the British Red Cross.

Former Greek PM wounded in bomb attack in Athens

The 69-year-old Lucas Papademos was hurt after an explosion in his car. Credit: PA

Former Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos has been wounded in a suspected bomb attack in the capital Athens.

Greek police said an explosion in his car in the city centre, which also wounded two others, has left the politician with non-life-threatening injuries.

Greek media reported Mr Papademos suffered injuries to his hands and legs after opening a parcel that turned out to be a letter bomb while being driven in his car.

His driver was also injured in the blast that occurred at 6.30pm local time, Athens newspaper Kathimerini claimed.

Police are yet to confirm whether the explosion was caused by a parcel bomb.

Mr Papademos served as prime minister for six months in 2011-2012 and is a former deputy governor of the European Central Bank.

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