Greater Manchester Police in a morning press brief has confirmed that the terror attack in Manchester was an act of one man, a suicide bomber who detonated an IED at the Manchester Arena. The suicide bomber who police won’t identify died at the arena.
The death toll rose from nineteen to twenty-two people many which were children and sixty were injured in the attack. The cause of the explosion is unknown but the North West Counter Terrorism Unit in the UK are “treating it as a possible terrorist incident.” It happened Monday night at about 10:33 p.m British Standard Time at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.
Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains canceled for the rest of the day
Among the names being circulated was Olivia Campbell. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, said the 15-year-old attended the concert with her best friend from school. He is hospitalized but Olivia is missing, the mother told ITV television’s Good Morning Britain breakfast show; “I’ve called the hospitals. I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people said that children have been taken and I’ve called the police.” She said she last heard from her daughter just before the concert and “If anyone sees Olivia, lend her your phone, she knows my number.”
All the UK’s major political parties have suspended campaigning for the foreseeable future due to the attack; the UK is supposed to hold a General Election on June 8th less than two weeks from now.
British Prime Minister Teresa May held an emergency meeting with members of the government group COBRA. Following the meeting she addressed the people of the UK saying “It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester has faced a terrorist attack,” and that the UK government “needed to seek those who were responsible out and bring them to justice.” May also said the UK’s “security level will remain at severe,” which means a terrorist attack is highly likely.
President Donald Trump condemned the “evil losers” responsible for the deadly attack and says “The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever,” Trump spoke on his fourth and final day in the Middle East.
Sources: BBC News; Associated Press; ITV/ITN News
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