British PM Theresa May calls Manchester terror attack as 'callous'

NEW YORK (AP) - The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured during a bomb explosion at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, following a performance by United States singer Ariana Grande.

At least 22 people, including children, were killed in a suicide bombing at a pop concert packed with teens in the British city of Manchester late Monday.

Grande said she was "broken" and "so so sorry".

May said authorities were trying to determine if he had an accomplice.

NHS workers helping people injured by the bomb attack in Manchester have been praised for their "superb" response.

The foyer connects the 21,000-capacity auditorium with Victoria train and tram station, a major transport hub on the northern edge of the city centre. Much of the city remained on lockdown on Tuesday morning.

- Who is behind it?

"The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network", he said.

The Telegraph newspaper reported that Abedi was born in Manchester and was one of four children to parents who were Libyan refugees who fled to Britain at the height of the Gaddafi regime.

The group said in a statement published on its social media channels that "one of the caliphate's soldiers placed bombs among the crowds", and threatened more attacks. Hours after the blast, the Arndale shopping center in South Manchester was evacuated and a 23-year-old was arrested.

- Who are the victims?

Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos also died.

"Saffie was simply a handsome little girl in every aspect of the word", he said.

Singer Taylor Swift told her 84 million Twitter followers she's sending all her love to those affected. Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student of Runshaw College in Lancashire, was the first victim to be identified.

"But at the same time, [they] should take precautions against people who might target them for being Muslims", he says.

Britain's terrorist threat level has been set at "severe" in recent years indicating an attack is highly likely.

"The police and others will of course be looking at the security of venues" and the government will review police resources, May said during a visit to Manchester. There are two major sports events in London on Saturday, with Wembley Stadium hosting soccer's FA Cup final, which Prince William is due to attend, and Twickenham hosting rugby's Premiership final.

Attacks in cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have shocked Europeans already anxious over security challenges from mass immigration and pockets of domestic Islamist radicalism.

Downing Street said May will still attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday and the meeting of G7 leaders in Sicily, Italy on Friday and Saturday.

"Fortunately there was no one killed on that particular occasion but there was an bad lot of damage done to buildings and people injured", Mr Forde said. The second, an 8-year-old girl. They did not know for sure what happened to the girl.

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