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At least 22 dead in suicide bomb attack in U.K.

Posted May. 24, 2017 07:04,   

Updated May. 24, 2017 07:18


A suiside bomb terror attack occurred at the Arena concert hall in Manchester in northern England on Monday night (local time) leaving 22 dead including children and 59 injured. The bombing happened just after popular British pop singer Ariana Grande finished her concert at the ticket booth near the entrance gate, an apparent soft target terrorism aimed at people who came to see the concert. It marked the biggest terror attack in the U.K. since July 2005 when the subway terror attack happened leaving 52 people dead.

The latest concert had attracted many teenagers and families. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd criticized the attack, saying that it was a savage attack targeting the most vulnerable people in the society. Former FBI special agent John Iannarelli said extreme Islamists frequently target children and teenagers to hurt more people, adding the latest case was an act of Jihadist.

Manchester police agency chief Ian Hopkins said it was the worst disastrous accident that ever happened in Manchester, adding one of the suspects committed terrorism by improvising an explosive device and died at the site. The Daily Mail said the damages were aggravated as the nails were dispersed with bombing. There is high possibility that the suspect is a lonely wolf immersed in Islam extremism, but ISIS involvement cannot be ruled out. With the general elections just about 15 days away, the U.K. was hit defenselessly with terror attacks, which could affect the public's voting.

Jung-Min Dong ditto@donga.com