Twenty-two people were killed and another 59 injured in a terrorist attack in Manchester, England at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack sickening and appalling.
The attack occurred in the foyer of the arena at 10:33 BST Monday night following the end of a concert by Ariana Grande a U.S. singer. A lone male attacker set off a suicide bomb.
The prime minister through a prepared statement released at Downing Street said that the people of Manchester and all of England had fallen victim to a callous attack by terrorists that targeted young, defenseless people.
She added that officials believe they know the identity of the attacker but cannot confirm it yet.
May chaired an emergency meeting of the Cobra committee and is likely traveling to the scene of the bombing later Tuesday.
Sixty ambulances took the injured to eight area hospitals.
Eyewitnesses said they could see nuts and bolts amongst the debris and spoke of confusion and fear that took hold of concertgoers as they were leaving the concert at the time of the bombing.
One man had arrived to pick up his wife and daughter and was blown about 30 feet from one group of doors to another. When he stood up he said all he could see were bodies on the ground.
A husband and wife arrived to pick up their two children when glass exploded around them close to where concert merchandise was on sale.
The threat level for the UK was placed at severe close to three years ago, which means they considered an attack highly likely.
However, of recent there has been an increase in counter terrorist activity, with an average of at least one arrest each day.
Officials said that following the Westminster attack in March they had warned of further attacks being inevitable but they also though they would be low-tech with vehicles or knives but not bombs.
The explosion took place just after Grande left the stage and fans began exiting the arena. The singer, who is 23 and at one time was an actress, tweeted that she was broken and from the bottom of her heart was sorry.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the attack barbaric and deliberately targeting the most vulnerable.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that police presence in England’s capital city would be increased following the Manchester bombing.
World leaders expressed solidarity with the people of the UK. U.S. President Donald Trump said those responsible were evil losers.
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