Ariana Grande Speaks Out Following Manchester Arena Attack
The explosion that ensued at the close of an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena as part of the singer’s “Dangerous Woman” tour has been ruled a terrorist incident, led by a suicide bomber. The blast claimed the lives of twenty-two people, wounding fifty-nine others. The injuries sustained by those maimed by the explosive have ranged from minor to life threatening in quality; many other attendees remain missing.
The suicide bomber detonated the explosive device near an exit at the venue around 10:33 PM. The noise produced by the bomb caused those present in the arena to flee the scene in a frenzy. The larger capacity of the venue—Manchester Arena can hold 21,000 people—resulted in “pandemonium” as young children and their parents flooded the exits, desperate to escape the arena, creating a sort of stampede.
Despite the unexpected nature of the suicide bombing, that the attack is being received as an act of terrorism is not surprising when evaluated in the landscape of Britain’s terror threats. Britain’s terrorist threat level rests at the “severe” benchmark, the “second-highest rung on a five-point scale,” signifying that terrorist attacks are so probable that they are almost anticipated.
Manchester Arena is one of Europe’s largest indoor venues, comparable to New York City’s Madison Square Garden in size.
Vocalist Ariana Grande has spoken out regarding the act of violence, taking to Twitter to write “broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Police officials have not found evidence that the attack is linked to ISIS, although the terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the event. The identity of the bomber is said to have been discovered by investigators, but no further information has been released concerning the suspect.