ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Attack, Suicide Bomber Identity Revealed

The attacker, who died at the arena, is responsible for 22 deaths and 59 injuries, which include children.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that took place after Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England. This happened shortly after the police arrested a 23-year-old man who was connected to the suicide bomber.

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The Arrest

The Manchester Police arrested a 23-year-old man who was reportedly connected to the suicide bomber. On Monday, Chief of Police, Ian Hopkins, said that investigators believed the bomber was a male lone wolf with an improvised explosive device.

According to a US senior law enforcement official, the suicide bomber was identified as Salman Abedi, who was also in his 20s and known among British authorities.

The current theory is that the bomber worked alone, even though ISIS has claimed responsibility, but it is currently under investigation.

“The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” he said.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.”

ISIS’ Claim

On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack that happened following Ariana Grande’s concert, leaving 22 dead and over 50 injured.

ISIS posted a video on social media where a man said: “soldier of the [Caliphate]” had “managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in… Manchester.” He said that the attack was an “endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin”- an Arabic term meaning “polytheists.” He also said that they will be carrying out more attacks. “What comes next will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah’s permission.”

Although it is entirely likely that ISIS was behind this attack, it is important to note that a group, which primarily banks on instilling fear in the public would likely also jump at any opportunity to claim responsibility of a terrorist attack that took place.