UK blast: Blood, horror as bomber strikes young crowd

According to Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, the attack was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb.

Prime Minister Theresa May vowed "terrorists will not prevail", after the Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack at the conclusion of U.S. pop star Ariana Grande's concert late Monday at the Manchester Arena, one of Europe's largest indoor venues.

Monday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in 2005.

Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth, USA security officials said, citing British intelligence officials. A European security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation, said Abedi was a Briton of Libyan descent. Police said the man was arrested in south Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said the bomber was killed in the attack.

US President Donald Trump, in Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers".

She added: "That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved".

In a statement outside Downing Street on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said that numerous wounded were being treated for "life-threatening conditions".

In the hours since the attack, the first victim has been identified: Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old health and social work student who died at the hospital shortly after the attack.

Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens.

Ariana Grande, pictured in a file photo above, is a 23-year-old singer from the US. Prior to the concert, Callander tweeted, "So excited to see u tomorrow" at Ariana Grande. An ambulance official says 12 children under the age of 16 were among 59 injured in the attack as people left a pop concert.

As a result of that decision, the police had asked for military support to keep the public safe, in line with existing plans for such an eventuality, May said.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said "if this is a terrorist attack, such abhorrent acts of terrorism can not be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism". She wrote on Twitter, "broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry".

Authorities also say they conducted a "precautionary controlled explosion, " and the thing they had been concerned about turned out to be abandoned clothing and not a suspicious item. After ISIS claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing, the group revealed the Islamic State referred to the location of the terror attack as a "shameless concert arena".

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometres) northwest of London, was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that levelled a swath of the city centre.

  • Salvatore Jensen