UPDATE #3: ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester Arena attack
UPDATE #2: The Manchester Arena attack that killed at least 22 people, including children was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb.
UPDATE: At least 19 dead and 50 injured in explosion at Manchester Arena. Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
May 22, 2017 Police in the United Kingdom have confirmed at least nineteen people were killed in an explosion on Monday at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert.
The Greater Manchester Police Department urged people to stay away from the area via Twitter.
“Details of a casualties bureau will follow as soon as possible.”
The BBC reports that the cause of the explosion remains unclear but the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident. The Manchester Arena is located approximately 200 miles from London, England. Train lines out of the Manchester Victoria station are blocked.
Much of Europe has been on high alert after several recent terrorist attacks in France, Germany, Belgium and London. In September, the United States Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a joint bulletin to state and law enforcement agencies warning that terrorists or terrorist-inspired individuals may target sporting and concert venues.
An article in the Islamic State or ISIS online propaganda magazine Rumiyah in January called for attacks on Western targets such as nightclubs, schools, churches, Shia mosques, and banks.
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details are made available.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."