London: A dastardly attack by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande pop concert on Monday night at the Manchester Arena left 22 innocent people – including children dead; and injuring at least 59 others.
Although the Police have arrested 23-year-old man in connection with bombing, the big question that’s being worked upon is that whether the deadly attack was carried out by one man who died at the scene or was he “was part of a network”?
According to the Greater Manchester Police, “there was an explosion at 10.33pm, shortly after Grande, the US singer, had finished her performance and thousands of people were streaming out of Europe’s largest indoor arena. The suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena.
Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see. Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives.”
Singer Grande, 23, later tweeted on her Twitter handle: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, [I] am so so sorry. [I] don’t have words.”
At the moment, the police are treating the blast as a terrorist incident and are working with counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies.
There has not been an official claim of responsibility from any terror group but supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) celebrated the bombing on social media.
The working theory is that the perpetrator triggered the blast alone, but the national police counter-terror network, assisted by MI5, are urgently piecing together his background to see whether he had any help in planning the attack and was part of a wider network.
Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement overnight: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”
Police will be looking to build a picture of the attacker’s movements both in recent weeks and months as well as immediately before the strike. Another priority will be to establish whether any further linked attacks or copycat incidents are planned.
Also, the bomber’s communications will form a significant part of the inquiry, while investigators will also be checking if he was known to authorities in any way.
One area of focus will be examining the remnants of the device used in the attack as officers work to establish whether the perpetrator built it himself or had help.
As well as seeking to identify any potential accomplices in Britain, authorities will also be looking into the possibility of any link to international groups.