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Isis Claims Responsibility for Manchester Attack, Ariana Grande Issue Statement and Suspends Tour

Carried Out by Suicide Bomber, Death Toll Rises to 22

May 23, 2017
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As we reported last night, two explosions went off in foyer at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England last night right after Ariana Grande finished her concert. The death toll has officially risen from 19 to 22 and the identity of the attacker, a lone suicide bomber, is known to police (but not released to the public yet). As The New York Times reports, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. Ariana Grande has issued a brief statement about the attack and, as TMZ reports, she's suspended the rest of her tour.

Grande says she is "broken." "From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry," she writes on Twitter. "I don't have words." Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, also issued a Twitter statement, which is below.

As the BBC reports, one of the confirmed victims is an 8-year-old girl named Saffie Roussos and another is an 18-year-old college student named Georgina Callander. Below is a photo of Callander and Grande taken in 2015.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, currently traveling in the Middle East, has, in his non-nuanced way, called the terrorists behind the attack "evil losers."

 

 

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