At least 22 people, including children, have been killed in a blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings.
A powerful explosion shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena late Monday as concertgoers streamed out after the American pop star’s last song.
Police said they believe a man carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the blast. A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in south Manchester in connection to the bombing, police said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but offered no evidence to support their claim.
The terror group said on its Telegram channel Tuesday that a “soldier of the caliphate” was able to “plant explosive devices” at the arena, a US counter-terrorism source told CNN.
Police have not said who was responsible for the bombing and ISIS routinely claims attacks it has no proven links with.
- 23-year-old man arrested in connection with the attack.
- Queen Elizabeth II described bombing as ‘act of barbarity’.
- British Prime Minister May said it was ‘appalling, sickening’.
- 59 people injured, some in life-threatening situations.
- US President Donald Trump slams attackers as ‘losers’.
- Ariana Grande tweets that the incident has left her ‘broken’.
Speaking after an emergency Cabinet meeting, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as “callous” and “cowardly.”
May said police had identified the suspected attacker, though she did not reveal his name.
“It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack — an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation,” May said.
“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage.”
SOURCE: Zayn Nabbi, Euan McKirdy and Angela Dewan