Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Islamic State group claims deadly bombing at Ariana Grande show in Manchester

Prime Minister Theresa May, who arrived in Manchester Tuesday afternoon, described the attack as "absolutely horrific".

Police were initially called to the scene at around 10.30 p.m. local time, when many parents were waiting outside the 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena to collect their children.

Witnesses said they saw bolts and other bits of metal, indicating the bomb may have contained shrapnel meant to maximize injuries. "The other hospital received mostly adults and then there were walking wounded which will have gone to different centres, some of which would have been children", North West Ambulance Service Medical Director David Ratcliffe said.

"My niece and her friend were at the Ariana Grande concert tonight and there has been no contact since the explosion".

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hours after the horrifying Manchester Arena blast, a 23-year-old man was arrested on Monday by the British police in connection with the terror attack.

Monday's incident could mark the deadliest terrorist attack in England since the London subway bombings in 2005, which killed 52.

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Grande said she was "broken" and "so so sorry". "I just pray for her family". The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour.

Saffie Roussos had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire.

The attacker has not been officially named but investigators believe they know his identity.

The headteacher of Tarleton Community Primary School said their pupil Saffie's death "has come as a tremendous shock to all of us".

The "Half Girlfriend" star Shraddha Kapoor took to the micro-blogging site and tweeted, "Shocking & so so heartbreaking. killing innocent teenagers & people!".

Club captain posted: "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims".

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