Sarah Simons

Reflection helps our struggle to comprehend terrorist acts

The aftermath of the Manchester attack has left us trying to understand the consuming motives behind it – and wondering what communities can learn

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In the wake of the terror attacks in Manchester and London, there was one piece of footage that I found particularly chilling. The video appears to show the Manchester bomber in a small supermarket near the flat where he stayed, shortly before he strapped on his rucksack bomb for the arena.

He wanders down the aisles, picking up products and glancing at their labels. Was it the price or the nutritional information he was searching for? Among his shopping there was tuna and air freshener. Was he worried that the fish would leave a smell and the flat’s next occupants would think him ...

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