UPDATE: Islamic State claims Manchester attack

MANCHESTER police have arrested a 23 year old man in connection with the bombings that took place last night at the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

There has been no official claim of responsibility for the Manchester attack from any terror group but supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) celebrated the bombing on social media.

Later on a member of Islamic State posted a video on social media captioned with the time and the word, “Manchester”.

The explosion tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester. As the first arrest was made in connection with the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May disclosed that the authorities believe they know the identity of the man who carried out the atrocity.

It is the worst terror attack to hit Britain since the July 2005 suicide bomb attacks in central London in which 52 people were killed and came four years to the day Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists.

Of the 22 dead and 59 injured, many are children. Meanwhile, relatives of at least 13 people missing after the attack – including an eight-year-old girl – have launched frantic searches for their loved-ones.

An eight-year-old girl was also confirmed as having been killed after becoming separated from her mother and sister.

Victims earlier told how an improvised explosive device carried by the attacker caused them to be thrown by the blast, which scattered nuts and bolts across the floor of the foyer area.

Other Isil supporters said the attack was revenge for the UK’s involvement in the bombing campaign against Isil in Iraq and Syria as the news broke over social media. “It seems that the bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just come back to Manchester,” wrote one user.

Featured image: NBC News

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