The United Kingdom is in a state of utter shock after experiencing an attack at the Manchester Arena Monday night. The death toll Tuesday morning had increased to twenty-two, with fifty-nine injured in an explosion outside the venue at an Ariana Grande concert. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack; authorities confirmed that a lone suicide bomber perpetrated the blast and The Atlantic reports that they “believe they know [the bomber’s] identity, but are working to confirm it.”
The attack occurred in the arena’s foyer while Grande’s performance was winding down. British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her concern for the victims of “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.” The Daily Mail reported accounts of the attack from witnesses who were present at the event:
Erin McDougle, 20, from Newcastle said: ‘There was a loud bang at the end of the concert. The lights were already on so we knew it wasn’t part of the show.
‘At first we thought it was a bomb. There was a lot of smoke. People started running out. When we got outside the arena there were dozens of police vans and quite a few ambulances.’
A group of young men from Sheffield said they had seen at least five people covered in blood and others being carried out by bouncers.
‘Ariana Grande had just gone behind the curtain and the lights came up when there was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke. I saw five people with blood all down them,’ said one.
The identity and motivation of the attackers are not known. Manchester has previously experienced terrorism from the Irish Republican Army (IRA). However, this particular attack was more likely the work of Islamic extremists. If Islamic terrorists perpetrated this attack, it would likely have a wider impact on other European countries.
One of the reasons the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union was that U.K. citizens were worried about unrestricted immigration from Islamic countries. It’s no coincidence that European countries are experiencing Islamic terrorist attacks when the E.U. forces them to accept refugees and immigrants from Middle Eastern nations without the protection an effective vetting process. If radical Islamists carried out this most recent bombing, it would become yet another indication that Britain made the right decision in leaving the international body. If attacks such as these persist, other countries will eventually follow the United Kingdom’s lead. Liberty Nation will keep you updated on these events.