The search for a missing Barra schoolgirl continues today after her friend was found seriously injured last night.
Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from the Isle of Barra, has not been seen since the Monday night’s attack.
Her friend, Laura MacIntyre, 15, remains in hospital. Sources close to the family say her injuries suggest she may have been close to the bomber.
Local MP Angus MacNeil, who knows the families of both girls, said last night: “Laura is in hospital. She’s alive, she’s in a serious condition. We are still very worried for her, of course, the whole island is worried.
“We are very worried for Eilidh MacLeod. Our hearts go out to both families. It’s been a huge shock to everyone on the island.”
Last night he spoke of how the local community had been left in shock, adding: “Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families and all others affected by this awful tragedy.”
The teenagers, who are both pupils at Castlebay Community School, were among thousands of youngsters who attended the concert at the Manchester Arena.
Micheal MacIntyre, Laura’s father, said that the gig was his daughter’s first ever concert.
He said: “It was Eilidh’s birthday present and the two of them are big fans of Ariana Grande.
“Laura was so happy to be going down there with her friend.
“It was Laura’s first concert. I was a bit hesitant about her going to a concert so far away but she seemed so happy.”
Police say a lone male suspect carrying an improvised explosive device was responsible for the attack, leaving at least 22 people dead and a further 59 injured.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of Greater Manchester Police, said at a press conference yesterday that an emergency number has been set up for those worried about loved ones: 0161 856 9400.