Good morning Hard-Chargers!!
I’m sure you’ve heard the news as far as the suicide bombing in Manchester. The numbers have now climbed to 22 as far as deaths go and of course the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
ISIS stated that one of its members ignited the explosion as Ariana Grande’s concert was ending which was about 10:33 p.m. local time therefore it was Monday.
British authorities identified the bomber as Salman Abedi, who is 23 years old. U.S. officials are not authorized to speak publicly as of yet.
Greater Manchester Police said children were among the victims, and that the attacker died at the scene.
Fifty-nine others were injured in the explosion, police said. They believed one man carried out the attack, however, authorities were trying to confirm whether he was working alone or as part of a network.
A 23-year-old man was arrested in South Manchester in connection with the attack, but no other details were immediately released.
Prime Minister Theresa May said authorities believe they know the attacker’s identity, but did not name him. She will travel to Manchester to meet with police, the mayor and emergency services in the next few days.
“It is now beyond a doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack. An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation,” May said outside her London office.
Chief Ian Hopkins, of Greater Manchester Police stated “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester, one that we all hoped we would never see.” “We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.”
President Donald Trump added “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers, remember that.”
This very incident was the worst terrorist attack in Britain since the suicide bombings on London’s transport in July 2005 which killed 52 people and injured hundreds. The attackers were inspired by Islamist extremism.
Monday’s bombing follows a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament in central London, on March 22 that killed five people. The attacker, Khalid Masood, 52, rammed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a police officer.
Although this is not the first time Manchester, has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England.
Our thoughts be to those who were affected by such a heinous act.
Isaac J. Hall II