“It was a feeling of dread. I was taken back to Manchester" - Terror attack survivor's message in wake of New Zealand mosque massacre
A survivor of the Manchester terror attack from Lancashire has sent a message to all terrorists in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre.
Ruth Murrell said of the attack by Brenton Tarrant, which killed 50 Muslims including three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim: “Murdering innocent children is disgusting. For the sake of that little boy, we must not let them win.”
Ruth, who suffered serious injuries in the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, said that when she heard of the New Zealand attack she thought: “Oh my God, not again.”
She said: “It was a feeling of dread. I was taken back to Manchester. I felt so angry. But we must remember they are a minority. They cannot win.”
Jane Tweddle, receptionist at South Shore Academy, was among those killed in the blast on May 22, 2017.
Ruth, an ambassador for the network Survivors Against Terror, sent some peace lilies and a card that said, “sometimes, words are not enough”, via a friend to Beardwood and Lammack Prayer Rooms in Blackburn.
In total, 22 people were killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attack and more than 800 injured.
Ruth and her daughter Emily, were both seriously injured when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a home-made device at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22nd, 2017.
Spending six weeks in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after the attack - between them, Ruth and Emily, who is a pupil at St Augustine’s RC High School at Billington, had 10 operations to remove shrapnel from their bodies.
During the bombing, a bolt travelled 15cms through Ruth’s leg while Emily suffered seven shrapnel wounds from flying debris.
The mother and daughter have received hours of therapy after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and have undergone counselling.
The bomber’s brother was set to be extradited by the end of 2018.