Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Islamic State group claims deadly Manchester concert bombing


"One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester", the group said in a statement Tuesday.

Some concert-goers said security was haphazard before the show, with some people being searched and others allowed inside unhindered.

Images from the scene show people running in a panic down stairs to escape the 21,000-seat arena amid the relentless screams of frightened children and young teenagers. We continue to do all we can to support them.

The Greater Manchester Police have revealed that an arrest has been made in connection to the incident, which left 22 dead in addition to the bomber and 59 injured. The attacker also died at the scene, Greater Manchester Police said.

Former Manchester United soccer star David Beckham posted on Facebook: "As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me".

However, police have not yet confirmed the identity of the attacker.

The first victim has been named as 18-year-old student Georgina Callander.

The police believe that attack was carried out by one person.

"The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network".

Daesh did not publish a name or picture of the attacker, which they have previously done for some major attacks they claimed responsibility for.

Fifty-nine others were injured in the blast, police said.

"Our way of life will always prevail", she asserted.

US -based analyst Michael S. Smith II drew attention to an evidently hastily-produced video clip, posted onto an ISIS-linked channel on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, in which a heavily masked man seeks to link ISIS to the Manchester attack. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family.

Manchester, a heavily industrialised city, some 260 km from London, is home to a significant number of people from South Asia.

May chaired an emergency Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms) meeting here in the wake of the blast.

Ariana Grande 'broken' after Manchester concert attack
President Trump addressed what happened while speaking with reporters in Bethlehem during his visit to the Middle East. May had called the mid-term election to resolve Brexit-related political divisions inside and outside Westminster.

U.S. President Donald Trump, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers".

- The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 23, 2017President Trump on Manchester: "So many young, lovely innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life".

The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England, where 22 people died in an explosion. She said authorities were trying to determine if he had an accomplice.

Grande, who had just finished the first of three scheduled United Kingdom performances, tweeted about her devastation several hours later: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

Saffie Rose Roussos, from Preston, was attending the Ariana Grande concert at the MEN Arena with her mother and older sister when a suicide bomber struck.

Following the attack, Grande tweeted: "Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

"I saw a little girl. she had no legs".

UPDATE (8:35 a.m., 5/23): TMZ is reporting that Ariana Grande has "indefinitely suspended" her European tour, beginning with her date in London on Thursday.

Greater Manchester Police also carried out a "controlled explosion" in the Cathedral Gardens area near the Manchester Arena, but have since confirmed the item they found was abandoned clothing and not risky.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester blast. "My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services".

"All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice", May said in a statement outside Downing Street on Tuesday. "A bad night for our great city".

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the incident as "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society". "I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said "where is your mum and daddy?' She said 'my dad is at work, my mum is up there".

The explosion occurred near the arena's foyer after Grande exited the stage, according to witnesses, who said they heard a loud bang as they exited the concert.

"Some people were screaming they'd seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped", said another eyewitness.

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