‘Terrorist Incident’ Kills At Least 22 in Manchester, Dozens Injured

By Paul Riegler on 22 May 2017
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The Bataclan in Paris

The Bataclan in Paris

An explosion that apparently was a suicide bombing resulted in the deaths of at least 22 people, with 59 wounded. The blast took place at 10:33 p.m. local time Monday night.

“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until the police know otherwise,” said the Manchester police in a Twitter post.

The attack took place at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. It was reminiscent of the November 2015 terrorist attack at the Bataclan, the historic Paris concert hall in the Haut-Marais neighborhood where 90 people were killed by Islamic State militants wearing suicide vests who opened fire during an Eagles of Death Metal concert.

Given the artist performing, the crowd was relatively young. The death toll included a number of children, according to a statement from Manchester’s chief constable, Ian Hopkins.

Sasina Akhtar, who was at the concert, told The Manchester Evening News that the explosion had been in the back of the arena after the concert ended. “We saw young girls with blood on them,” she said. “Everyone was screaming, and people were running.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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