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Police help an injured concert-goer at the Manchester Arena after the bombing; (inset) Singer Ariana Grande expressed her condolences on Twitter.
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Terrorist Attack at Ariana Grande Concert
ISIS claims responsibility for a bombing that leaves 22 dead and dozens more injured in Manchester, England

By Ceylan Yeginsu and Steven Erlanger of The New York Times

An Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, became a scene of horror on Monday night when a terrorist bombing left at least 22 people dead, some of them children. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in Great Britain since 2005.

The bomb tore through an entrance hall of the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday just after Grande’s concert ended and as crowds of teenagers had begun to leave. Chaos ensued, as panicked teens struggled to find parents waiting outside to pick them up. In addition to those killed, dozens were wounded; 59 were hospitalized, some with life-threatening injuries.

The person who carried out the attack, whom authorities believe to have been a suicide bomber, died in the blast.

The police said that they were following up on leads and studying video footage to determine if the attacker had acted with any accomplices. Shortly before noon on Tuesday, the police announced that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in Manchester in connection with the attack but did not provide additional details.

As condolences poured in from around the world, the authorities in Britain reacted with horror and anger at an attack that appeared to have targeted young people and their families.

“This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” said Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, in a televised statement

U.S. President Donald Trump, who was in the Middle East on his first overseas trip as president, was among the world leaders who condemned the attack. He called those responsible “evil losers.”

Ariana Grande expressed her sorrow on Twitter: “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” Following the attack, the singer suspended her world tour.

The bombing came in the final stretch of campaigning before a general election in Britain on June 8. The country’s political parties agreed to suspend campaigning on Tuesday.

Britain is no stranger to terrorism. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a March 22 attack in London, in which a British man drove into and killed four pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer outside Parliament.

Monday night’s terrorist attack was the worst in Britain since 2005, when 52 people died, along with four assailants, in coordinated attacks on London’s transit system.