A suicide attacker killed at least 22, and injured 59 after Ariana Grande’s concert at England’s Manchester Arena on Monday evening.
According to the police, a suicide bomber with improvised explosives targeted people outside of Ariana Grande’s concert as they were leaving the arena. The arena was near Manchester Victoria transit station. It happened at around 10:35pm local time as people were leaving the arena. There were children among those who died in the attack.
“This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone,” the chief of Police, Ian Hopkins, said at Tuesday’s news conference. “We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”
US officials have said that initial reports seem to indicate that some of the casualties were caused by a stampede.
World Leaders Respond
Theresa May called the incident an “appalling attack,” saying: “My thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected in what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”
United States President Donald Trump offered his own sympathy for victims of the attack, speaking from the West Bank where he currently is undergoing a Middle Eastern tour.
He said Tuesday: “I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured… and to the so many families of the victims. We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”
“So many young beautiful and innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered… by evil losers in life.”
Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun, thanked “Manchester’s first responders, who rushed towards danger to help save lives.”
“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers,” he said.
He also tweeted: “words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.”
“We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.”
Ariana On the Incident
Ariana Grande, the 23-year-old singer, reacted to the attack on Twitter, saying “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
TMZ has reported she is suspending the rest of her tour. Her representatives said: “Highly unlikely her gigs on Thursday and Friday at the 02 will go ahead.”