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One Love Manchester gig tribute to victims was 'too early'


Niamh Woods with her father Sean

Niamh Woods with her father Sean

Niamh Woods with her father Sean

The father of a Northern Ireland teenager who missed death by seconds in the Manchester Arena nail bomb massacre slammed the concert tribute for its victims as "too early".

Sean Woods - whose daughter Niamh, 19, was caught in the May 22 blast that killed 23 and injured 119 - felt Sunday night's show was a potential terrorist target.

The father-of-five (52) hit out after knife-wielding attackers launched an attack along London Bridge on Saturday night that left seven dead and 21 in a critical condition.

He said hours after the latest terrorist carnage to strike the UK: "Terrible, terrible news from London. And this strengthens my point about the concert in Manchester. I understand why they are putting it on but for me it's too early."

The Londonderry musician added in a Facebook post he wrote on Sunday morning he was "not looking for a debate" on his comments.

He stressed: "This is just my opinion", before referring to the victims of the London Bridge attack by adding: "Prayers to the families of last night's attack".

But his comments did provoke debate, with other Facebook users saying it was right for the One Love Manchester Arena benefit gig to go ahead.

Belfast Telegraph