On the evening of May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 116 following a concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England (Reuters 1). All of the victims are identified, the youngest being only 8 years old (BBC). The Manchester bombing is the most fatal terrorist attack in Britain since July 2005. Currently, Britain’s threat level is “critical” and British military forces are deployed to secure important sites and public events until further notice (Reuters 1; NYT).
British police identified the suspected suicide bomber as Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Manchester native of Libyan descent (BBC). As of May 26, the police have eight men in custody as they attempt to determine if Abedi acted alone or was supported by a terrorist network (Reuters; NYT). The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement posted on an IS-affiliated media outlet, Telegram (Reuters 2); however, this claim is not yet confirmed to be true (Reuters 1).
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