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    A portrait of Eilidh MacLeod, 14, who has been named as one of those who died in Monday's Manchester bombing, is seen at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England, Friday, May 26 2017.

    UK Store Slammed for Selling Replica SUICIDE VEST Near Manchester Arena

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    The discovery came just over two years after 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated a similar vest at the foyer of the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, killing 22 victims and wounding 139, with terrorist group *Daesh claiming responsibility for the attack a day later.

    The vest was first posted on Twitter by the nighttime economy minister for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, who lambasted the Deansgate-based store for selling the garment resembling Abedi's infamous terrorist weapon.

    "This is for sale and displayed in the window of a clothes shop in the city centre," Mr Lord said. "I've seen it a few times and each time it's bothered me. I can only think they think a fake vest is fashionable. What sort of message does that send out."

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    Others took to social media, with one user stating "who would design that and think it's okay" and another calling it "bewildering". 

    Bewildering.

    But others pointed out that people were overreacting as it was a "fake tactical vest" and that people could buy a "genuine military kit online". 

    One employee from the store told the Daily Mail that the item was not offensive, stating that 'it's just fashion, people are wearing it.

    "Rappers wear it in rap videos," he told the Mail. "It is just a fashion item. To be honest we have not had anyone come in and say anything."

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    The suspect, Salman Abedi, detonated a suicide bomb at Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous Woman' concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May, 2017, killing 22 people including seven children. Grande condemned the violence and stated that she began to suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the attacks.

    *Daesh, also known as ISIS, Islamic State, ISIL is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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