Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#ArianaGrande's MANAGER issues a STATEMENT after DEADLY #ManchesterBombing in #Manchester! [vid]

A devastating explosion in Manchester after Monday's Ariana Grande concert left 22 dead and many more injured. Late Monday night Scooter Braun, Grande's manager, issued a statement via Twitter responding to the attack.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a bombing at Manchester Arena, the deadliest terrorist assault in Britain since 2005, as the death toll rose to 22.

The bomb tore through an entrance hall of the 21,000-seat arena around 10:30 p.m. on Monday as a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande was ending and as crowds of teenagers had begun to leave, many for an adjacent train station.

Pandemonium ensued, as panicked adolescents struggled to connect with parents and guardians waiting outside to pick them up. As well as those killed, dozens were wounded in the attack; 59 were hospitalized, some with life-threatening injuries.

The police said they were following leads and poring over surveillance footage to determine if the assailant — who died in the attack — had acted with any accomplices. Shortly before noon on Tuesday, the police announced that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in the Chorlton-cum-Hardy neighborhood, southwest of the city center.

Hours later, the police set off a controlled explosion and raided a house in Elsmore Road, in the Fallowfield district, about 3.5 miles south of the arena.

A neighbor, Lina Ahmed, said that a young man lived with his parents and younger siblings at the house that was raided. “They didn’t really speak to anyone,” she said. “They were nice people if you walked past.”

[via NY TIMES]


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