19 DEAD, AT LEAST 59 INJURED
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 22, 2017) — An explosion occurring at a concert in Manchester, England on Monday evening was declared to be a result of terrorism shortly after it occurred.
The horrific event took place at Manchester Arena during a concert. Nineteen people are confirmed deceased, while at least 50 have been injured.
The attack follows a landmark speech by President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday encouraging 50 leaders of Muslim-majority nations to join the U.S. in an effort to eradicate Islamic terrorism in their communities, regions and countries.
According to Fox News at 10:31 p.m. EDT, forensic experts are analyzing the evidence left from the explosion, which reportedly occurred outside of the stadium where singer Ariana Grande was performing.
With her successes in acting and live performance as well as recording at age 23, Grande is very popular with teenage girls.
At 10:36 p.m. EDT, Sky News reported that 59 people are confirmed injured.
As of press time, distraught relatives are seeking their missing loved ones.
The Greater Manchester Police released a statement which said, in part, “We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise. We are working closely with the national counter terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners.”