Relatives of 22 people murdered in Manchester Arena bombing fall silent

Loved ones of the 22 people murdered at the Manchester Arena bombing have stood in silent remembrance at the opening of the public inquiry into the terror attack.

The sombre start to proceedings began with Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquiry, reading the names of each of those murdered by suicide bomber Salman Abedi on May 22, 2017.

Families, lawyers and chairman of the inquiry Sir John Saunders, a retired High Court judge, stood with heads bowed for the minute's silence.

Sir John then formally opened the Manchester Arena Inquiry, being held in a converted courtroom at Manchester Magistrates' Court, to investigate events before, during and after the attack.

Paul Greaney QC (pictured), counsel to the inquiry, read the names of each of those murdered

Families, lawyers and chairman of the inquiry Sir John Saunders (pictured) a retired High Court judge, stood with heads bowed for the minute's silence

Families, lawyers and chairman of the inquiry Sir John Saunders (right) a retired High Court judge, stood with heads bowed for the minute's silence as Paul Greaney QC (left), counsel to the inquiry, read the names of each of those murdered

Loved ones of the 22 people (some pictured) murdered at the Manchester Arena bombing have stood in silent remembrance at the opening of the public inquiry into the terror attack

Loved ones of the 22 people (some pictured) murdered at the Manchester Arena bombing have stood in silent remembrance at the opening of the public inquiry into the terror attack

Sir John said: 'Salman Abedi (pictured) blew himself up in the explosion but he intended as many people as possible would die with him.'

A CCTV image of Salman Abedi at Victoria Station making his way to the Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, where he detonated his bomb

Sir John said: 'Salman Abedi (left) blew himself up in the explosion but he intended as many people as possible would die with him.' Right: A CCTV image of Salman Abedi at Victoria Station making his way to the Manchester Arena, on May 22, 2017, where he detonated his bomb

The names of the 22 victims were read aloud: Elaine McIver,

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