Tragedy Strikes Concert in Manchester

By Jesse Rice

On Monday, a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing at least 22 people and injuring almost 60.

The bomb exploded as twenty one thousand people were leaving the Manchester Arena, some of whom were children and teenagers. Witness Sebastian Diaz told Reuters, “It was literally just a minute after it ended, the lights came on and the bomb went off.” Fifty nine people were injured in the explosion and 22 killed, including some children.

Investigators believe only one attacker was responsible. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins stated, “The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity.”

Ariana Grande posted on Twitter, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May called the attack “particularly wanton and depraved.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the attack strengthened Germany’s resolve to “work with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds.”

The people of Manchester gathered together during this tragedy. The community generously donated blood, causing the National Health Service to state they had all they needed.

Large crowds also gathered for a vigil on Tuesday. Poet Tony Walsh gave an ode to Manchester, and the people held a moment of silence for the victims and their families. Bishop of Manchester David Walker told NPR, “This is an unbelievable turnout. It shows that they are the few, but we are the many. We are Manchester.”

For more information:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/23/529648436/manchester-concert-bombing-what-we-know-tuesday

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/22/529588482/british-police-confirm-deaths-after-explosion-at-manchester-arena-concert

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-manchester-idUSKBN18I2OP

Image source: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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