Manchester Bombing

Isabela Munoz, News Reporter

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It seemed like an exciting day for the people attending the Ariana concert on May 22, in Manchester, England, when suddenly terror struck. The concert ended and people started to file out of the arena when an explosion occurred. According to the Manchester police, 59 people were injured, and approximately 22 people lost their lives due to this terrorist attack. Kristyn Pollard, a woman attending the concert, describes the events that happened after the explosion to the Washington Post, “It was just sheer chaos,” she said, “People were trying to get off the balconies. It was awful.”(2017). A young girl named Charlotte Fairclough says to the Washington Post, “Everyone was like scrambling over each other. Quite a few people got knocked over. It was like just a race to get out.”(2017). The night of the explosion started with love and happiness, but ended in tragedy.

Ariana Grande suspended her world tour due to this senseless terrorist attack. TMZ reports that after the attack, Ariana is “in hysterics” and that  “[Ariana is] incapable of performing for anyone.” (2017) After the attack, Ariana tweeted “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i [sic]am so so sorry. i [sic] don’t have words.” (2017). Ariana Grande returned to Manchester thirteen days later for a concert as a tribute to the victims and raised 10 million dollars, according to the British Red Cross for the We love Manchester Emergency Fund. Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun tweeted   “After the events… in Manchester two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear…We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly…”(2017). Many other artists sang at the benefit including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Coldplay.

After this attack, the UK threat level was raised to critical and Salman Abedi was identified as the suicide bomber. Abedi’s father was arrested in Libya and denies his son had any involvement with the attack saying, “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”(2017). So far, five people that are suspected of having links to the bombing have been arrested. The government decided to put 3,800 soldiers to guard key locations such as the Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, and embassies.

There has been a total of three attacks in the UK in the last three months. The first happened on March 22, when a man with a truck ran over four people. The second attack was the bombing in the Manchester Arena. The latest was on June 3 when three men drove a van and ran people over on the London Bridge. ISIS is attacking Europe in an attempt to fracture political unity. The more attacks there are, the more cautious Europeans will be about whether they will let 76 million refugees into Europe.

 

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