The death toll in Monday’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena has been updated to 22, while 59 people are injured.
The suicide attack took place at the end of a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande. The first report of 19 fatalities was updated to 22 Tuesday morning. Many of the victims were children.
“This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert,” British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims who have been affected.”
Authorities admitted that the process of finding a clear picture of who was behind the attack will be difficult since the lone attacker died in the blast.
“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Chief constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement. “The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity.”
The attack is the deadliest in the United Kingdom since the 7/7 bombings in the London subway system in 2005, which killed 52 people.
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