Terror strikes Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Mady Vasbinder, Reporter

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On Monday night, May 22, an otherwise normal Ariana Grande concert ended in terror, with a suicide bombing killing 22 concert-goers at the venue in Manchester.

Police learned of the bombing at 10:33 pm. They are treating it as a suspected terrorist attack, as it was claimed by ISIS mere hours after it occurred (nytimes.com).

The bomber was killed in the attack, but was caught on footage at the venue before the bomb was detonated. He has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi (telegraph.co.uk).

In addition to the 22 victims killed in the attack, there were also 119 wounded. Of the 22 killed, 17 were females, the youngest being an eight-year-old girl (foxnews.com)

Almost immediately after the news of the attack was released, thousands of people began pouring out their support for the victims over social media. Stars like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Kendall Jenner tweeted out their support (foxnews.com).

As for Grande herself, she was said to have been “in hysterics” after the attack, but was unharmed (nytimes.com).

Following the attack, Grande took a small break from social media, but then shared a heartfelt message out to her fans on both Twitter and Instagram on May 26. In the message, she shared words of love and her condolences to those affected by the Manchester attack.

“We won’t let hate win,” Grande said.

She is also planning a benefit concert in response to the bombing.

“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families,” Grande said in the letter she posted for her fans on May 26.

Though no exact date for the concert has been released, it is rumored to be held as early as June 4 (express.co.uk).

 

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