Terror attack bloodied pop concert in Manchester
At least 22 were killed with more than 50 injured as a suicide bomber blew himself among fans of Ariana Grande
19 May, 2017
At least 22 people, including children, have been killed, while more than 50 were injured last Monday evening in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, news wires reported. The horror happened in Manchester Arena at about 10.30pm at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande, whose music is popular with children and teenagers. The attack is the most deadly one in Britain in a decade. Witnesses in Manchester described how, after the concert had finished, the house lights came up and then a loud bang was heard.
Manchester police confirmed that the bombing was the responsibility of one man armed with an improvised explosive device. The man is among the dead after blowing himself among the fans in the concert hall foyer. The followed panic left hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with youngsters separated from their parents in the chaos. The bomb left carnage inside the concert venue, with medics treating wounds similar to those of a shrapnel. Witnesses told media they had seen nuts and bolts strewn on the floor of the foyer after the attack, which could suggest a nail bomb was involved.
The attack came less than three weeks before Britain’s general election on 8 June and PM Theresa May has already suspended her campaign, as have the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National party. Labour is expected to follow suit. The PM chaired an emergency meeting of the government’s crisis committee, Cobra, at 9am on Tuesday. “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said.
The attack happened despite years of warnings and tightening of security, especially around crowded paces. Investigators will want to find out who carried out the attack and for what reason. They will also investigate where the material for the suspected device was bought and how it was designed. The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain’s domestic security service, MI5. The terrorist threat level for Britain is at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Security is expected to be reviewed for major venues in Britain and elsewhere.
The death toll would make it the worst event of its kind in Britain since the 7/7 bombing in 2005, which hit London’s transport network, killing 52 people.
After the attack Ariana Grande said she was "broken". Representatives for the 23-year-old American singer announced that she will be cancelling the remainder of her tour. "She will not perform Thursday in London and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold," the TMZ website said.