The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday claimed the responsibility for the bombing attack on Ariana Grande’s pop concert in Manchester Arena, reported AFP. Earlier yesterday, a suicide bomb attack at a crowded arena in Manchester, hosting Ariana Grande’s concert had killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others. This was reported to be the deadliest attack in the United Kingdom since 2005. Police had informed reporters that the bomber blew himself up just after 10:33 pm (21:33 GMT), at the Manchester arena that can host a crowd to 21,000 people. Earlier in the day, BBC had reported the arrest of a 23-year old man in connection with the blast in Machester. A security and terrorism expert, Afshin Shahi had told the BBC that he doubted if the attack had been carried off by a single man. He was of the opinion that the blast was “absolutely consistent” with various other terrorist activities that have been carried out across the continent.
Meanwhile, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europe was in mourning after the blast. In a statement, he said, “today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life…It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration.”
Governments of various countries across the globe have expressed their thoughts and solidarity with the United Kingdom and the victims of last night’s terror attack. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel went on Twitter to express her feelings on the tragedy and said, “Terrible news from Manchester! Our thoughts are now with our British friends. United we stand”. The White House, meanwhile said that President Donald trump, who is currently in the midst of his first overseas tour was being provided updates on the terror attack. Trump also later reacted to the incident and said that attack preyed on “innocent children.” He says this “wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated.” Trump says “civilised nations must join together to protect human life.” The governments of France, China, Iran and Turkey also condemned the attacks.