As per the Guardian, a suspected suicide bomber has killed 19 people and injured 50 more at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. According to the paper’s report, an explosion took place in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as fans were leaving the show. If proven a terrorist attack, it’d be the deadliest attack on British soil in a decade. Grande’s fanbase is notably young, making this attack especially horrific. She’s also young, female and proudly feminist, which makes the targeting of her concert all the more sickening. Grande herself, who was uninjured, tweeted after news of the attack broke:
We’re not a hard news outlet, so if you want ongoing updates, we’d suggest following the Guardian or BBC live streams. Still, we’ll update this post if any further news becomes available. In the meantime, we can only send our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who’ve died.
UPDATE 5/23 10am: The death toll has now reached 22. British Prime Minister Theresa May issued the following statement earlier today: “All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”