Heartbreaking news keeps rolling in as the death toll rises to 22 people killed and 59 injured in the suicide attack following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last night.
Three vitims have been officially identified so far as 18-year-old Georgina Callander, 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, and 26-year-old John Atkinson.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but produced no evidence. One arrest has been made in connection to this senseless act of violence, but the investigation is still underway. Police have released the identity of the apparent suicide bomber as Salman Abedi, 22, who is believed to be from Manchester.
A statement from Islamic State claiming responsibility for last night's attack has been released in English as well now. pic.twitter.com/xiYXf4hKfr
— Shiraz Maher (@ShirazMaher) May 23, 2017
President Donald Trump addressed the tragedy:
“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life.”
Ariana Grande is “broken” and has suspended her world tour in wake of the attack.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
3 out of the 22 victims are identified
Georgina Callander, 18
Saffie Rose Roussos, 8
John Atkinson, 26
— yara (@grandedick) May 23, 2017