A suicide attack killed at least 22 people and left dozens injured at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night.
Police are currently investigating the act as a terrorist attack and have indentified the bomber as Salman Abedi, a 22-year old British citizen. Additionally, authorities have also arrested a 23-year old man in connection with the incident.
The explosion took place at around 10:35 p.m. local time in a public space just outside the main concert area as fans were starting to leave Manchester Arena. The blast was followed by chaotic scenes, with people—many of them children and teenagers, screaming and running for the exits. The venue has a capacity of about 21,000 people and is Europe’s largest indoor arena.
The first victims have been identified as 18-year old Georgina Callander, eight-year old Saffie Rose Roussos, and John Atkinson, 26. Many other children and young adults are still missing, with their families and friends extensively sharing their pictures and contact info on social media hoping to find them.
The attack is the deadliest mass killing in the UK since the 2005 London subway bombings, which left 52 people dead.
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned last night’s incident, labeling the attack an act of cowardice — “deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump expressed his deepest condolences, and has urged other nations to join The United States in the fight against global terrorism.
Following the attack, pop star Ariana Grande suspended the remainder of her “Dangerous Woman” tour, which included two more concerts in the UK, and other shows in Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland.
By Alonso Montano