On Monday night, around 22:35 BST, a loud explosion interrupted Ariana Grande’s concert at Britain’s largest concert halls, the Manchester Arena. At first, there was talk of a controlled explosion nearby the venue, however, as of late last night, authorities are treating the explosion as a suicide bomber terrorist attack. Currently, the Manchester Arena suicide attack has claimed 22 lives, an additional 59 people being injured.
There Are Still Plenty of Individuals Missing or Unaccounted For
Seeing as 60 ambulances took the victims to six trauma centers throughout the city, relatives of concert-goers are still seeking their loved ones, taking to social media to ask for help. The authorities even set up an emergency telephone number, 0161 856 9400.
According to latest police statements, the attacker was a lone male who carried a homemade explosive device. The man died upon detonation, leaving no identifying marks behind. At the moment, authorities are doing the best they can to establish whether or not the man was acting alone or if the attack was orchestrated by a terrorist organization.
Eyewitnesses Saw Metal Bolts and Nuts
One of the witnesses, Andy Holey, went to Manchester Arena to pick up his wife and daughter. He remembers approaching a set of doors, hearing an explosion, and then hitting another pair of doors. As he stood up, bodies littered the ground beside him. The man was unable to think about anything else but his family, so he rushed in the arena. Luckily, both were fine.
Another pair of eyewitnesses, Emma Johnson and her husband, were standing beside the merchandise area waiting for their two daughters when the glass exploded. According to them, the entire building shook, and a fire broke out after the explosion.
The Manchester Arena suicide attack was designed to hurt as many people as possible. The man responsible for the bombing waited until Ariana Grande finished her show and, as people were walking towards the exits, he detonated the improvised explosive device.
Seeing as Grande’s targeted audience is aged between 15 and 21, it is clear that the mind (or minds) behind the attack wanted to harm the most vulnerable. As of now, no organization claimed the attack.
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