Investigators hunted today (May 23rd) for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers at the Manchester Arena.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack Monday night, but a top American intelligence official said the claim could not be verified. British police raided two sites in the northern English city, setting off a controlled explosion in one, and have arrested a 23-year-old man in a third location there. British authorities have identified the suspect as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. A European security official told has the Associated Press he was British.
An 8-year-old girl is among the dead – the youngest known victim, her mother, and sister were among 59 people wounded. The wounded included 12 children under age 16, hospital officials said. The first confirmed victim was student Georgina Callander, whose death was reported by her former school.
Prime Minister Teresa May called “a callous terrorist attack.” she also said, “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage.”
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II marked a moment of silence Tuesday afternoon to honor the victims. Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen stood at the top of the steps leading down from Buckingham Palace as the national anthem played.
President Donald Trump, in Bethlehem on his last day in the Middle East, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as “evil losers.” he also said “This wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated.”
Sources: Associated Press; ITV/ITV News
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