Concert Ends, Terror Begins
Concert ends by singer Ariana Grande. Shortly, a bomb outside the stadium in Manchester exploded. Chaos and stampedes caused more horror. The suicide bomber has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Officials continue to work to see if the bomber acted alone or as a part of a wider network. Police raided houses and later arrested a 23-year-old man although few details were given.
Prime Minister May Speaks Out
Prime Minister Theresa May called it an act of “sickening cowardice targeting defenseless children and young people.” She said security services were working to see if a wider group was involved in the attack. ISIS has announced that it was one of their own who carried out the bombing.
The concert had ended. The lights in the largest indoor auditorium in Europe went on. Filled to capacity the 21,000 concert goers started leaving. Suddenly a loud, thunderous sound was heard. People started seeing blood, persons struggling on the ground, and chaos breaking out. The bombing took place outside the hall where parents were waiting to pick up their children. The bomber walked up, carrying a backpack, and set off the explosion.
Concert goer, Sebastian Diaz, 19 offered a glimpse of what happened next. He said, “We ran and people were screaming around us and pushing on the stairs to go outside and people were falling down, girls were crying, and we saw these women being treated by paramedics having open wounds on their legs…it was just chaos.”
Dozens of parents were frantically searching for their children. They posted photos and pleads for information on social media.
Singer Grande, 23, was overwhelmed following her concert. She said on Twitter, “broken. broken from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”