On Monday night, Ariana Grande was bringing her Manchester Arena concert to an end when a bomb was set off in the arena’s entrance hall. Crowds of teenagers and other young concert goers were leaving the arena and heading for an adjacent train station when the bomb was set off.
Witnesses of the attack report hearing loud bangs from within the venue only to then see crowds running and screaming from the arena covered in blood. As of Tuesday morning, 22 people have been declared dead with 120 more injured. Some of those killed and injured included young children.
Police and emergency services arrived soon after to section off the area and take 59 wounded people to the hospital as well as treat others at the scene. Many of the injured taken to the hospital faced life-threatening injuries.
The attacker died during the bombing, but police later identified him as Salman Abedi. The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, addresses the discovery in a televised statement and said, “We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately.”
Police are classifying this as a terrorist attack, making the Manchester Arena Attack the worst terrorist attack in the history of Manchester. This attack is also the worst attack in all of Britain since 2005 when 52 people died in a coordinated attack against London’s transportation system.
Currently, ISIS is claiming that they were behind the attack, but have offered no evidence linking themselves to the attack. ISIS has used its Telegram channel to inform the media that “a soldier of the caliphate was able to plant explosive devices in the arena.” ISIS has a history of claiming attacks as their own without providing evidence and the police have not found a connection between ISIS and the arena attack yet.
Grande and her team have not released an official statement about the attack, but the singer tweeted out simply, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
Police and security forces have been dispatched all over Britain to bolster security after the attack, and condolences for those who were injured in the attack continue to pour in from all over the world. This tragic event was an act of cowardice that has left the world wondering if music is no longer safe, what is?