Grande was performing at the Manchester Arena in England Monday night when a blast shook the venue. Concertgoers screamed and struggled to escape the arena, which holds 21,000 people. Smoke, bodies and blood blocked many of the exits.
The Manchester Police confirmed that the bomber was a 22-year-old man named Salman Abedi. He acted alone and also died in the explosion. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but so far has no official links.
Over 120 people were injured in the explosion in addition to the 22 that were killed. Many of those harmed were under the age of 18. An 8-year-old girl named Saffie Rose Roussos was one of the first victims named, along with 18-year-old Georgina Callander.
Queen Elizabeth II spoke out against the attack, saying, “The whole nation has been shocked.” She added, “I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said, “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage.”
Ariana Grande also posted a brief message on Twitter expressing her sorrow. She has suspended her world tour indefinitely.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
This was the deadliest terrorist attack in England since the 2005 London bombings. In that instance, 52 people were killed and over 700 injured in the course of four suicide bombings.