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Manchester attack: Injured Northern Ireland man McCollum undergoes op for shrapnel wounds

By Claire Williamson

A Northern Ireland man has been injured in the Manchester bombing.

Tommy McCollum, originally from Cookstown, but now lives in England was hurt when he went to pick up his stepdaughter from the Manchester arena on Monday night.

Twenty-two people were killed and up to 64 were injured after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an improved explosive device.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Councillor Trevor Wilson said Mr McCollum sustained shrapnel wounds and had undergone an operation.

The Mid Ulster councillor said Mr McCollum's stepdaughter had not been hurt in the attack.

Mr McCollum's family are with him as he continues his recovery and doctors are said to be happy with his progress.

Mr Wilson told the Belfast Telegraph: "He has gone through an operation and he's recovering now and the doctors are happy with his recovery.

"Family members are with him at this time.

"The family are going through all the emotions. Relief, worry and concern.

"But hopefully things will settle down as Tommy continues to improve."

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