There was a terrorist attack tonight at an arena in the culturally enriched city of Manchester in Northern England. At least twenty people are reportedly dead, and an unknown number injured.
I’m going out on a limb to call this one jihad. Early reports spoke of “explosions”, and there was speculation that large balloons had popped, and the reported deaths were from panicked members of the audience who caused a stampede. There were also suggestions that one of the big speakers had exploded.
Later reports mentioned a nail bomb, and now there is confirmation that a suicide bomber was most likely involved. Nail bombs + suicide bombers = Jihad, as far as I’m concerned. If I’m wrong, I’ll correct and retract.
The Daily Mail was careful to quote a Muslim member of the audience in its report on the incident, as if to say: “It can’t be terrorism, Muslims are among the potential victims.”
Here’s a recent report from CNBC:
At Least 20 Killed in Possible Suicide Blast at Manchester Concert Featuring Ariana Grande
At least 20 people were killed and possibly “hundreds” of others were injured after one or more loud bangs were heard Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England, multiple law enforcement told NBC News.
U.K. authorities suspect the incident was conducted by a suicide bomber, according to multiple U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
Preliminary reports indicated that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the Manchester Victoria transit station, which is part of the greater arena complex, the U.S. officials said.
The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.
Law enforcement sources in both Britain and the United States stressed that the information was preliminary and subject to change.
Greater Manchester Police said only that there were “a number of confirmed fatalities and injuries” as hundreds of fans fled the arena. Emergency crews rushed to the scene after the possible blasts, which were first reported about 10:40 p.m. (5:40 p.m. ET).
Other news sources:
- The Daily Mail
- The Mirror
- Sky News
- Twitter video (WARNING — graphic) showing nail bomb victim
- BBC videos with eyewitness reports: #1, #2
Hat tips: Vlad Tepes.