UK: Suicide Bomber Targets Kids at Manchester Concert, 22 Killed, 59 Wounded

Coincidence? Concert goer’s attacked in the UK on the anniversary of Muslims beheading Lee Rigby on a London street in broad daylight.

Source: Manchester Arena Suicide Bombing: 22 Die at Ariana Grande Concert – NBC News

MANCHESTER, England — Children were among 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena, police said early Tuesday.

The bomber also died when he detonated an improvised explosive device near one of the venue’s exits at 10:33 p.m. local time (5:33 p.m. ET) on Monday, according to authorities.

Officials said 59 other people were wounded, including some who suffered life-threatening injuries. Many others remained missing.

The incident sparked a nightlong search for loved ones as frantic parents tried to locate their children, and groups of friends scattered by the explosion sought each other.

Video shot inside the 21,000-capacity venue showed teenagers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Some fans were still wearing the pop star’s trademark kitten ears as they fled.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident,” Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters. “Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”

Police later confirmed a 23-year-old man had been arrested in Manchester in connection of the attack.

Rohit Kachroo, security editor for NBC News’ U.K. partner ITV News, reported that nuts and bolts were spotted in the arena’s foyer but police would not comment on whether victims had suffered wounds from shrapnel.

More than 400 officers were deployed in what Hopkins described as a “fast-moving investigation.”

Police said the explosion took place outside the arena catching people as they exited, triggering chaos inside the venue. U.S. officials said initial reports indicated that some of the injuries might have been caused by a stampede of concertgoers.

Hopkins confirmed that children were among the dead and warned of “difficult days ahead.”

Investigators said they believe they know the culprit’s identity — but no information was immediately released.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the terrorist set out “to cause maximum carnage and kill and injure indiscriminately.”

She added: “This attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent and defenseless young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

The incident is Britain’s deadliest terrorist attack since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on three subway trains and a bus in July 2005.

The Prime Minister said many of the 59 injured are in a life-threatening condition.

So we ask, what stands out as the more appalling, sickening cowardice — intentionally maiming and killing children or allowing Muslims who have clearly stated they will maim and kill innocent people to invade your nation, to rape and kill your women and children?

More: ‘The blood, the sound, the body parts…it will never leave my mind’: Witnesses tell of horrific scenes at Manchester Arena ‘terrorist attack’

Eyewitness Sasina Akhtar said: ‘She [Ariana Grande] did her last song, we were in the lower tier and there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena.

‘We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.’

Nick Schurok, 28, from Manchester, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grande had just finished the concert and the lights came on.

‘Everyone started leaving. I was on the floor and at the back of the arena people started exiting through the tunnels.

‘There was a bang in the left tunnel and everyone went to the middle tunnel. Then about two minutes later, there was another bang.

‘The bang was so loud and crowds of people were running. There were lots of children and families there.’

Another witness Jenny Brewster told MailOnline: ‘We were exiting the building when it happened.

‘We’d headed towards the main doors as Ariana was performing the last song because we wanted to beat the crowds, but – as we made our way there – a wall of security men blocked it and told us to go the other way.

‘Seconds later they shouted ‘RUN!’ and the explosion happened right behind them. Hundreds of people were running and screaming. Those men saved our lives.’

Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters: ‘We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.

‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.’

Erin McDougle, 20, from Newcastle said: ‘There was a loud bang at the end of the concert. The lights were already on so we knew it wasn’t part of the show.

‘At first we thought it was a bomb. There was a lot of smoke. People started running out. When we got outside the arena there were dozens of police vans and quite a few ambulances.’

British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

More via The Sun: slaughter of the innocents Manchester terror attack leaves at least 22 dead – including children – as police arrest man after suicide nail bombing

Two former top anti-terror cops have said the atrocity was “well planned” and “sophisticated”.

Former MoD counter-terror boss Major General Chip Chapman told Sky News today: “The suicide bomb aspect shows that this is absolutely jihadi, Islamist terrorism.

“You can rule out separatist terrorism from Northern Ireland and we can rule out right-wing terrorism.

“They’ll be looking at whether there’s a network there or whether this is a lone individual.

“Most of the time it’s not a lone individual, it’s very rare that you’ll find someone who’s able to construct a bomb as a lone individual.

“I probably think this guy was on a database.”

Witnesses told how nuts and bolts were sent flying in the blast at the foyer area as fans made their way to Manchester Victoria train station next door.

The attack came on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British soldier  Lee Rigby and just two months after four were slaughtered when a Hyundai 4×4 driver mowed down people on Westminster Bridge, central London.

Updates: According to CBS News, he’s Muslim & he was known to authorities:

And, it’s only going to get worse in the UK, and more Islamic. Remember:

12 thoughts on “UK: Suicide Bomber Targets Kids at Manchester Concert, 22 Killed, 59 Wounded

  1. And yet, they keep letting them in… Please come into my home and kill me… I’m so sick of liberals and muslims. …

  2. Please stop calling this suicide! This act has NOTHING to do with suicide. Suicide is forbidden in Islam. If you’re just too politically correct to call this a “Jihad attack”, refer to it as a “Pass to Paradise attack” or even a “Promise of 72 Virgins attack”. Suicide is about depression, or destitution, NOT religious devotion. The world will never begin to make meaningful progress toward solving a problem it refuses to accurately discuss.

  3. Eventually it will dawn on everyone that radical Islam needs to be expunged. On the other hand, England seems to have rolled out the welcome mat and stuck their head in the sand. Go ahead and be gentlemanly with this vermin and see how many funerals you can attend before waking up.

    • As long as we continue to regard and describe the problem to be “Radical” Islam, we will never take the first step toward solving the problem.
      There is no such thing as a radical Quran, or a moderate Quran, there is only Islam, the only variable is the broad spectrum of extent of heresy that individual Muslims choose to abide by of that ONE Islam.
      There is one God, his name is Allah, he has one religion, its name is Islam, there are 1.5 billion different personal interpretations of Islam.
      Is a Muslim still a Muslim if he drinks Alcohol, how bout if he eats pork, what if he is homosexual? At what point does a Muslim go beyond being a simple heresy and get labeled as a true apostate?

  4. Pingback: CBS: Manchester jihad suspect identified as Salman Abedi, known to authorities |

  5. so they have a suspect in custody that was known to authorities gee surprise surprise
    and they wont release his name which can only mean one thing his name is mohamud no doubt

  6. Islamic Jihad continues. The leaders of the UK are directly responsible for this and the blood of the victims are on their hands. They are purposely allowing people in to their country where a known part of them will go on to commit a Terror Act. Instead of doing everything they can to prevent it they continue to allow the situation to exist and are actually making it worse by adding to the people coming in and allowing No Go Zones and Sharia Courts to increase. In this case, Salman Abedi was already known to Authorities as someone they needed to keep their eye on due to his extreme views. Yet even with that, he was still able to get a bomb and put it on himself and kill little girls at a Concert in Manchester.
    This is the poem ” The Snake ” live in action. The West needs to wake up about Islam and what its followers have been doing since the 7th Century.

  7. Muslims are irrelevant, it’s the “Followers of Islam” that are the problem.
    Truth is the majority of Muslims are totally ignorant as to what the doctrine of their actually religion teaches.
    We all should thank our lucky stars each day, that not all Muslims are aware of, or choose to live by the mandates of their holy doctrine.

  8. Pingback: CBS El yihadista sospechoso de Manchester, identificado como Salman Abedi, era conocido por las autoridades / CBS: Manchester jihad suspect identified as Salman Abedi, known to authorities | Ramrock's Blog

  9. What ever happened to the old fashioned doctrine that a nation would rise up and declare WAR on the enemy. Almost every nation has the arms and war machines to fight back! Our enemy actually ‘takes responsibility’ for its’ slaughter of the innocent … on OUR media. What kind of a backwards thing is this? National pride has bottomed out.

    There was a day when they’d be blown to kingdom come for this. Bombers would blacken the skies instead of isis blackening the landscape.

  10. Pingback: Day after Manchester jihad attack, Twitter and Facebook roll out hijabi emoji |

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.