Suicide Bomber Ignites Madness at Manchester Arena

The Background 

Last night, a suicide bomber struck an area just outside Manchester Arena as crowds were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. The blast killed at least 22 and injured another 59. Police were working late into the night to try and determine exactly what kind of device caused the blast, reviewing security footage and footage from concert-goers’ cellphones and social media accounts. Initial reports (though unofficial) have suggested that it was a pressure cooker homemade device filled with shrapnel and nails. CNBC

What Else You Need to Know

While all terrorist attacks are devastating, this one shook the world particularly hard. Manchester Arena was packed with tweens, teens, and young children accompanied by their parents who were all just excited to see one of pop’s biggest stars. Ariana expressed her heartbreak hours after the attack, tweeting, “broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Ariana wasn’t the only musician to express their condolences—Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Lorde were just a few of the many stars to send messages of support and love to the victims, the city and its residents.

The Gist

A suicide bomber struck an area just outside Manchester Arena last night after an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring another 59. So far, police are unsure whether it was a lone wolf attack or the attacker was part of a larger terrorist cell. The Manchester Police are working with British Intelligence to figure it out.