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Inquest into Manchester bomber's death opens

By Kim Pilling

An inquest into the death of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi has been opened and adjourned.

Abedi killed 22 people and injured more than 200 others when he detonated a device in the main foyer of the venue as people left an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, May 22.

No members of the family of the mass murderer, born in Manchester and of Libyan descent, were present or represented during the brief five-minute hearing at Manchester Town Hall. The court heard that the force of the explosion "severely disrupted" the body of the 22-year-old attacker, who died at the scene.

Senior coroner for Manchester Nigel Meadows adjourned proceedings until December 1 for a pre-inquest review hearing.

He indicated that it was "very likely" that the hearing would be further adjourned before a full inquest takes place.

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