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Scotland's papers: Troops on the streets

Only one story features on Scotland's front pages - the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Manchester where 22 people died when a man blew himself up as people left an Ariana Grande concert.

The Herald leads with a piece by chief reporter David Leask in the city which details the graphic accounts of those caught up in the terror attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the UK terror threat level has been raised from severe to critical in the wake of the attack, as troops are deployed amid fears another atrocity in Britain is 'imminent', says The Scotsman.

Intelligence agencies fear bomber Salman Abedi may not have acted alone - leaving open the possibility of an active Islamist terror cell on the loose, claims the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Scottish Daily Express also reports the up scaling of the UK terror threat level and says the deployment of troops means police officers can be freed from static guard duties, allowing them to put their efforts elsewhere.

On its front page, The Daily Telegraph features a photograph of eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the bombing. The paper says her mother remains in hospital seriously injured and unaware that her daughter has perished.

Likewise, the i newspaper shows photographs of Saffie Roussos and 18-year-old Georgina Callander, who is also confirmed dead, and headlines the piece, The Girls Who Will Never Go Home.

The Courier also pictures those who have been killed or injured and says the "grim toll" of those caught up in the attack has started to unfold.

Under the headline Slaughter of the Innocents, the Daily Star of Scotland features images of all of those missing or who have been confirmed dead since the bombing. The paper claims that in addition to the 22 killed, 119 people have been injured and 15 remain unaccounted for.

Even as they digested the news that local man Salman Abedi was the "murderous" Manchester suicide bomber, thousands of Mancunians gathered in the city centre in a "show of togetherness and defiance" against terrorism following the bombing, which killed 22 people, writes The National.

Abedi had returned from a trip to Libya in the days before he carried out the attack, writes The Times.

The Scottish Sun publishes a picture of Salman Abedi beside the image of Saffie Roussos over the headline Pure Evil. The paper says the bomber was unmasked as Theresa May raised the UK threat level to "critical" for the first time in 10 years.

The missing Scots teenager Laura MacIntyre has been traced to a Manchester hospital, where she is seriously ill, reports the Daily Record. The paper says the Isle of Barra youngster and her friend Eilidh MacLeod, 14, failed to contact their family after going to the concert on Monday night.

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