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Fourth Victim Identified In Manchester Attack

| by Alex Scarr

The mother of a young girl whose photograph with a police officer after the Manchester attack went viral has been confirmed as dead.

The photo depicts a police officer embracing a young girl after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22. The girl's mother, Michelle Kiss, has now been confirmed dead, according to Daily Mail.

The young girl in the photograph is child actress Millie Kiss, 12. Police comforted Millie while they began the search for her mother, Michelle, 45. The family put out an appeal on social media after Michelle remained missing hours after the search began, according to The Telegraph.

"Millie is ok we are concerned and worried Michelle is still missing,” wrote a concerned family member. The family later confirmed Michelle's death on Facebook.

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"Michelle Kiss was a loving wife to Tony, mother to Dylan, Elliot and Millie, as well as daughter to Mick and Christine and sister to Nichola," read a post on Facebook. "Family was her life and we are all obviously devastated by her loss. She has been taken away from us, and all that love her, in the most traumatic way imaginable."

"We hope to draw from the courage and strength she showed in her life to get through this extremely difficult time," read a post from Michelle's family.

Michelle Kiss is just one of four victims so far identified by police or family.  

At least 22 people have been killed in the blast, with many more injured, according to The Telegraph. The alleged perpetrator, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, was killed in the attack. He was a British citizen of Libyan descent and had been suspected of violence in the past.

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Abedi's younger brother, Hashem, has reportedly been arrested in Tripoli, Libya, on suspicion of involvement with ISIS and knowledge of the attack.

Abedi had known ties to the terrorist organization al-Qaida and had recently received terrorist training overseas, according to NBC News. U.S. officials described the bomb Abedi is thought to have used as "big and sophisticated," indicating that he almost certainly received help obtaining the materials and creating the explosive.

Officials also warned that Abedi may have been part of a "terrorist cell," meaning that another attack from the organization could be imminent. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced the country was in its highest state of emergency and was prepared for another attack.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, although intelligence officials have not yet been able to verify the truth of the claim.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph (2), NBC News / Photo credit: Matty Ring/Flickr

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