At least 22 people, including children, have been killed in a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings.
Police said they believe a man carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the powerful blast that shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena as concertgoers streamed out after the American pop star’s last song.
“It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack. An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said after chairing an emergency Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed that children were among the dead and that victims were being taken to eight hospitals.
“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe at this stage that the attack was carried out by one man,” he said.
Police are investigating whether the attacker was part of a larger network or plot.
Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, described the attack as “our darkest of nights.”
“Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorize and kill. This was an evil act,” he said.
Trump call attackers ‘losers’
US President Donald Trump slammed the attack, saying that terrorists were “losers.”
“I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims. We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,” Trump said.
“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.
“This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”