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The May 2017 Manchester Suicide Bombing Attack

On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at around 22:30, 22 people lost their lives and close to a hundred were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the foyer of the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. At the time of the explosion, close to 21,000 people, mostly under the age of 18, were making their way out of the Manchester Arena concert hall after attending a concert of American pop star, Ariana Grande. According to reports, the bomber, 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, arrived at the ticket stall located at the Arena’s foyer after travelling on the local Tube system’s Victoria Station.[1] Once Abedi positioned himself at the scene, he waited several minutes before detonating the explosives which were placed in a backpack he carried on himself. From the initial explosion, 19 individuals were killed immediately with three additional individual succumbing to their injuries within several hours. Initial eye-witness reports from the scene mentioned “two loud bangs” and the possibility of a loud speaker malfunction which caused an explosion.


[1]“UK police: 22 confirmed dead after terror incident at Ariana Grande concert,” CBS News, May 23, 2017, accessed May 23, 2017, 

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