Teresa May Says Britain Knows Identity Of Suicide Bomber

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British security services believe they have identified the suicide bomber in Tuesday’s terror attack by Manchester Arena, Prime Minister Theresa May said at a press conference Tuesday.

They won’t reveal his name for the time being as it could interfere with the investigation, May said. May confirmed the attack was carried out by one attacker. Authorities are now trying to figure out whether he’s a “lone wolf” or part of a larger network. (RELATED: Report: Suicide Bomber Responsible For Explosion At Manchester Arena [VIDEO])

“The police and security services believe they know the identity of the perpetrator but at this stage of their investigations we cannot confirm his name,” May said.

A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in relation to the attack. It’s unclear what sort of involvement he’s suspected of.

May lashed out at the “appalling, sickening cowardice” that “deliberately targeted children.” The location and timing of the attack was designed to cause “maximum carnage” at Manchester Arena, she said.

The prime minister pointed out the many “acts of kindness” in the aftermath of the attack and she praised the first responders at the scene.

“The attempt to divide us brought countless acts of kindness which brought us together. We all, every single one of us, stand with the people of Manchester at this difficult time,” May said. “And today let us remember those who died and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win and our values, our country and our way of life will always prevail.”

The attack took place less than three weeks before the general election June 8. May, who leads in polls, immediately suspended her campaign. She will travel to Manchester Tuesday afternoon.

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