Manchester attack: 23yo man arrested, police say

Nick Mcbride
May 23, 2017

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack, police said.

A terrorism analyst from the Search International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group said that the Islamic State has celebrated the attack on social media. It was not clear whether the blasts were the handiwork of terrorists. The Manchester Arena, which has more than 20,000 seats, is one of the largest indoor venues in Europe, according to its website.

Of the dead, 12 are children younger than 16 years old, British authorities said Tuesday.

"I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this awful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured".

Many of those caught up in the chaos were young fans of U.S. singer Ariana Grande, who had performed at the venue.

May said police believe they know the attacker's identity.

The first victim to be publicly named Tuesday was Georgina Callander, 18, a student at Runshaw College in England. "I saw five people with blood all down them".

Campaigning for Britain's June 8 election was suspended.

Identities of those killed in Monday night's concert attack in Manchester started to come to light early Tuesday, with numerous victims expected to be young.

The horror took place at approximately 10:30 p.m. following the end of Grande's concert.

"We can confirm there was an incident as people were leaving the Ariana Grande show last night".

Rawlinson says "she was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working".

Grande has been scheduled to continue her Dangerous Woman World Tour on Thursday and Friday with a stop at London's O2 Arena. Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

There were reports that a hotel near Manchester Arena had taken in over 50 children who were unaccompanied at the gig.

Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn offered support on Twitter. "My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services". Great football teams: Man City and Man United.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the incident as "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society". Although some witnesses reported one explosion, a representative for Grande's label told Variety that there were two loud bangs.

"Some people were screaming they'd seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped", said another eyewitness.

Other reports by VgToday

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