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Published On: Tue, May 23rd, 2017

Ariana Grande Manchester concert terrorist attack: Man arrested, 22 confirmed dead

Police have arrested a man in connection with the terror attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people.

‘With regards to the ongoing investigation into last night’s horrific attack at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester,’ Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

The suicide bombing occurred last night during an Ariana Grande concert as he detonated an improvised explosive device near one of the venue’s exits at 10:33 p.m. local time (5:33 p.m. ET) on Monday, according to authorities. The bomb was packed full of nuts and bolts, found around the foyer of the arena.

Officials said 59 other people were wounded, including some who suffered life-threatening injuries. Many others remained missing.

Video shot inside the 21,000-capacity venue showed teenagers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Some fans were still wearing the pop star’s trademark kitten ears as they fled.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident,” Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters. “Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”

More than 400 officers were deployed in what Hopkins described as a “fast-moving investigation.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the terrorist set out “to cause maximum carnage and kill and injure indiscriminately.”

She added: “This attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent and defenseless young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

Grande, 23, tweeted early Tuesday: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

In a statement, Scooter Braun, Grande’s manager, thanked first responders “who rushed towards danger to help save lives.”

He added: “We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

Britain’s terrorist threat level stands at “severe,” the second-highest rung on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump’s national security team was keeping him up to date while he is in Israel.

Speaking after meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, Trump blamed “evil losers” for the attack, adding that he won’t call terrorists “monsters” as “they’d think that’s a great name.”

“We cannot stand for a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people.”

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