Manchester Arena explosion: 22 dead, 59 injured, suspect named

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – An explosion outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester on Monday, May 22, has left 22 people dead and 59 injured, including children. The incident occured at night, after an Ariana Grande concert.

Report claims that the explosion was a terrorist attack carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Manchester Police told journalists that, ‘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.’

The explosion occured just shortly after Ariana Grande finished a performance set and got off the stage.

After the blast, about 400 police were deployed in the area overnight.

On Tuesday, Chief Constable Hopkins named Salman Abedi, a 22-year old son of Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape Gaddafi regime, as the man suspected of carrying out the attack.

As for Shashank Joshi, senior research fellow at security think tank the Royal United Services Institute, ‘The most important thing is that police have found the body of what they believe to be the lone suicide attacker.’

He explains that:

‘If they have identified him, they will be able to begin establishing his movements, his contacts, and his background.

‘This, in turn, will help establish whether he acted alone, in concert with a small number of other conspirators, or as part of a larger network.’

According to another report, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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