At least 19 people were killed and about 50 were injured in a suspected suicide bomb explosion Monday night in Manchester, England, where U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande was performing a concert.
Police are treating the explosion as a terror incident until they “know otherwise.”
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) May 23, 2017
Robin Simcox, a terrorism and national security expert at The Heritage Foundation, said the United Kingdom has been a target of Islamist terrorists “time and time again.”
“While the perpetrator of this attack is not yet clear, the U.K. has been targeted by Islamist terrorists time and again,” he told The Daily Signal. “Manchester itself was targeted by Islamist terrorists on multiple occasions in the past, including by al-Qaeda.”
“Even though the U.K. has world class security services,” Simcox added, “this is a numbers game—and the amount of terror suspects in the U.K. is so high that it is impossible for authorities to be able to keep track of everyone that is of concern.”
The explosion reportedly occurred at about 10:35 p.m. local time outside the Manchester Arena as people were exiting. The arena has the capacity to hold 21,000 people.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 23, 2017
Videos shared online shows concertgoers, many of them children, frantically fleeing a chaotic scene.
Evacuado Manchester Arena durante concierto de Ariana Grande por un ‘incidente serio’; hay muertos. pic.twitter.com/QrFdKixJ7R
— @AereoMeteo (@AereoMeteo) May 22, 2017
Some used Twitter to desperately search for loved ones who attended the concert.
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