The explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night appears to have resulted from the attacker detonating an improvised explosive device, which news media is claiming was a nail bomb. The death toll currently stands at 22, with more than sixty injured.
The suspected terrorist behind the attack is 23-year-old Salman Abedi, according to CBS News.
Authorities are unsure whether Abedi acted alone, but ISIS is now claiming Abedi was a soldier of their organization and are claiming responsibility for the attack.
Many of the victims were children. So far, an 18-year-old girl has been identified, as well as an 8-year-old girl. The AP is reporting that 12 children under the age of 16 were among those injured in the explosion.
Approximately 400 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies have been deployed to investigate the explosion which is officially designated as a “terror attack.”
The blast occurred around 10:30 pm Monday as Grande was ending the concert which was a stop on her Dangerous Woman Tour. Grande, who was not injured, posted a tweet hours after the explosion: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have suspended campaigning for the June 8 general election until further notice. May also released her own statement condemning the attack:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 23, 2017
President Trump also addressed the attack Tuesday morning while on his tour in Bethlehem. He also sent out a tweet stating the U.S. will stand in solidarity with the U.K. Domestically at home, the Department of Homeland Security assured the American public that they will be revamping security measures in response to the attack.
On Tuesday, Corbyn said he is “horrified” by the attack in Manchester and that his thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.
Following the attack, May canceled Tuesday campaign events and is instead scheduled to host a meeting of COBRA, the government’s emergency committee.
Other notable figures have addressed the attack, such as The Late Late Show host and U.K. celebrity native James Corden. One journalist made a highly insensitive remark about the bombing, resulting in social media lambasting him for his unprofessional behavior.
As the story develops, we released a poll this morning concerning viewers’ opinions on “lone wolf” attacks. Videos of the deadly incident can be viewed below:
— ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2017
— CNN International (@cnni) May 22, 2017
— SNSNS (@SNEWSNS) May 22, 2017
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