A suicide bombing last night in Manchester, England has left 22 people dead and 59 more injured. The explosive was detonated outside an Ariana Grande concert as the show concluded and attendees were leaving Manchester Arena.
The Greater Manchester Police Department has said that the attack was perpetrated by a single person who died when the explosive went off. Officers are trying to establish if he “was acting alone or as part of a network.” Via a statement issued earlier today, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack but there’s no further proof to confirm this.
Read the latest police statement containing details of the attack below:
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
While the 23-year-old pop singer wasn’t physically harmed in the attack, she’s no doubt grieving. She’s reached out to her fans via twitter to express her pain:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Other musicians, including longtime collaborator Nicki Minaj, and friend Miley Cyrus, have shared their sadness over the tragedy, expressing solidarity with the victims and Ariana herself.
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Grande’s manager Scooter Braun also shared his thoughts:
There was no shortage of support pouring in from Twitter:
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 23, 2017
Artists from the world famous Manchester music scene also tweeted to express their grief, from New Order, Guv Garvey from Elbow, to The Smiths’ Johnny Marr.
— New Order (@neworder) May 23, 2017
My hearts broken.
— Guy Garvey (@Guy_Garvey) May 23, 2017
Manchester stands together.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 23, 2017
Morrissey, never at a loss for words, shared his thoughts on Manchester on his official Facebook page. He took the moment to directly respond to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments that the attack “will not break us.”
Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what…
Earlier today, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins named the suspect as Salman Abedi, but noted that the man’s identity had not yet been officially confirmed by a coroner. Two raids have apparently been carried out by the police in Manchester, investigating possible accomplices in the crafting of the bomb.
World leaders like Queen Elizabeth the II and President Trump have also weighed in on the attack. The Queen labeled the bombing an “act of barbarity” as Trump was pointed in calling the attacker an “evil loser.”
According to TMZ, Ariana’s mother, Joan Grande, escorted fans backstage to safety when she heard the bomb go off. Reportedly, Ariana Grande has been inconsolable in wake of the bombing. Understandably, all further concerts on the pop singer’s world tour have been suspended.
Last night saw a handful of tributes come rolling in dedicated to the victims of the Manchester attack as well as Ariana.
Miley Cyrus was a guest on The Voice last night and dedicated her performance of “Malibu” to her friend and all those affected by the attack.
Harry Styles, a Manchester native also paid tribute to his city at an intimate show last night in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
“Tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate,” Styles said. “Last night there was a tragedy in my hometown. And I am left with a hole in my heart. I went to my first show in the arena, and I’ve had some of my best experiences in my life in Manchester. We have a choice every single day that we wake up to what you can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day.”
Harry Styles had a moment of silence for “the victims and their families” of the Manchester attack.
Lastly, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, U2 paid tribute to Manchester with a surprise performance of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” with an entire choir rising from the audience.
The band posted the interview from its Twitter account with the hashtag #Manchesterstrong:
“They hate music, they hate women, they even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love. And, you know, the worst of humanity was view in Manchester last night. And so was the best as people took perfect strangers into their hands and queued up for blood banks. Manchester has an undefeatable spirit, I can assure you.”
We will be sure to stay updated and share more tributes as they come in.