Children were among 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena
Manchester Arena in England was shaken by an explosion at the end of a performance by the pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night. At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 others wounded in an explosion around 10:35 p.m. on Monday in the foyer outside the main hall of the arena. The police said they were treating the case “as a terrorist incident.” They believe the blast came from a man who set off an “improvised explosive device” and who died in the explosion.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday. Georgina Bethany Callander, 18, was the first victim to be identified. The attack is the deadliest act of terrorism in Britain since coordinated bombings on the London public transit network in 2005. The explosion also evoked memories of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, which targeted a concert hall and a soccer stadium, along with bars and restaurants. A 23-year-old has been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the bombing, the police’s Twitter feed announced on Tuesday. Prime Minister Theresa May spoke on Tuesday, lauding the bravery of the emergency services and of the people of Manchester. She said the police believed that they knew the identity of the assailant, but could not confirm his name. Ms. May said the attack stood out for “appalling, sickening cowardice” in the way it had targeted “defenseless children.”
The crowd was filled with teenagers and other young fans of Ms. Grande, a 23-year-old American singer, who was not hurt. Shortly before 4 a.m., Ms. Grande posted on Twitter: “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
Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing in England … TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to Ariana tell TMZ, she will not perform Thursday in London and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. She was scheduled to perform in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland. As we reported, Ariana is inconsolable … “in hysterics” after the bombing. As one source said, she’s incapable of performing for anyone. She and her team, we’re told, are also deeply concerned about security. Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun, said, “We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act,” adding, “We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”Our sources say Ariana is not concerned with her shows now … she and her team will re-evaluate the touring schedule when she’s emotionally ready.
Let’s continue to pray for the families and victims of the bombing in Manchester.