ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester Arena bombing
A terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in Hunts Bank, Manchester in England has sent chills across the world. At least 22 people, mostly children and teenagers, have died along with 59 others who have been injured, according to CNN. ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack and a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection.
Details and personal accounts are still coming in to explain more about the attack as time goes on. However, there is some information that’s already been made public.
Telegraph reports that a lone bomber detonated an explosive device outside of the arena as attendees filed out of a concert. The explosion happened around 10:30 p.m. local time following the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert.
Grande’s audience is mostly comprised of young girls. While Grande is fine, she and her management released statements in response to the tragedy:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Police believe they know the identity of the attacker, who died during the attack, but haven’t released an identity to the public. The individual who was arrested was apprehended early this morning.
The attack is the worst in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London attacks in 2005. So far, the names of two victims have been released: Georgina Callander, 18, and Saffie Rose Roussos, 8. Countless families are still hoping to be reconnected with their loved ones who were in attendance.
We all – every single one of us – stand with the people of Manchester at this terrible time. pic.twitter.com/vMTwaBbncl
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 23, 2017
“The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain – a spirit that through years of conflict and terrorism has never been broken and will never be broken,” said Prime Minister Theresa May.
The names of other victims, suspects and tales of Manchester residents coming together in a time of tragedy are emerging as time moves forward. This story will be updates more information is revealed.