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Manchester Arena Attack Fact Sheet

A suicide bomber has killed 22 people - including children - in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester. At least 59 people were also injured in the blast, which was caused by an improvised explosive device carried by the attacker. The blast was huge and many life were taken. Here is a fact sheet about the blast.

·         Twitter accounts affiliated to the jihadists have used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere.
·         No militant group has claimed responsibility so far but Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media.
·         Transport police said they believed the attack had taken place just outside the Manchester Arena near a public foyer which linked to the train station.
·         British police said 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 people had been treated in hospital. A total of 60 ambulances attended the incident.
·         Police said they were called at 10:33 p.m. (2133 GMT) just after a man detonated explosives among fans.
·         More than 400 officers were involved in the operation overnight. Police appealed for the public to upload images and footage to assist them in their investigation.
·         Train lines out of Manchester Victoria station were blocked on Monday evening following the incident.

·         General Election campaigning has been suspended across all parties following the incident. May will chair an emergency Cobra meeting this morning instead of speaking at a southwest England campaign event.
·         The explosion was reported to be in the “foyer area of the stadium” at 10.30pm, according to British Transport Police.
·         The explosion sparked panic as thousands of people rushed for the exits and more than 240 calls were made to the emergency services.
·        Sixty ambulances flooded the area and more than 400 police officers were deployed.
·         Police are treating the blast as a terrorist incident and are working with counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies.


The blast occurred on the anniversary of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death on a London street on May 22, 2013.

Rigby's gruesome murder gained international notoriety when Michael Adebolajo was filmed by passers-by standing in the street with blood-soaked hands trying to justify the attack.

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