23-Year-Old Man Arrested In Connection With Manchester Arena Bombing


On Monday night (May 22), a suicide bomber took the lives of 22 people toward the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The bombing occurred at Manchester Arena at 10:30 p.m., Buzzfeed reports, which left 59 people injured.

READ: Explosion Causes Fatalities At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester

Early Tuesday morning (May 23), the Greater Manchester Police department announced that they’ve arrested an unidentified 23-year-old man who was detained in the town’s southern area. Authorities believe he holds a connection to the deadly attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement shortly after the incident and said authorities “believe the attack was carried out by one man.” The next step is to investigate if the yet-to-be-identified suspect was part of a larger operation. Although the bomber’s identity is known, it’ll remain concealed at this time. “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening, cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” May said.

An outpour of support was shared on social media by musicians across the globe. Grande also took to Twitter to express her sympathy and shock.

Thinking about my @arianagrande and the U.K. In this moment ! Praying for u all!! Lord help

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Per Buzzfeed, people began to send out false information about missing family or friends. Actress Skai Jackson’s image was used and she swiftly addressed the heartless action.

The world we live in … #SkaiJackson

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UPDATE: 5/23/2017 2:45 P.M. EST

The New York Times reports that 22-year-old Salman Abedi is responsible for detonating a homemade bomb that claimed his life and the lives of 22 innocent people. The blast also injured 59 concertgoers who tried to escape the incident at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England (May 22). The site adds that Abedi lived nearly 4 miles away from Manchester Arena.

Three victims have been identified. One is 18-year-old Georgina Callander, a student at Runshaw College who studied health and social care; 8-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos who was a student at Tarleton Primary School; and the third person that’s been identified is a man named John Atkinson, The Guardian reports.