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.
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?
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.’
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: