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ISIS Claims Manchester Attack; 22 Dead

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Police officers escort concert goers from the site of the Ariana Grande concert following last night’s attack. (Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

A suicide bombing at a concert in the British city Manchester killed at least 22 and wounded some 59 others on May 22. It’s thought to be an Islamist attack.

The bombing hit at around 10:30 pm local time after a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande. A lone male suicide bomber is believed to have carried out the attack with an improvised explosive device.

After the explosion, panicked concert-goers fled the scene as quickly as possible, as shown by this footage:

“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

She convened a special meeting of the government’s crisis committee to discuss the attack.

ISIS supporters shared celebratory messages on social media praising the attack. The Jerusalem Post reported ISIS claimed responsibility.

A video circulated online shows a masked man claiming responsibility for the attack on behalf of Islamic State, saying “this is just the beginning.”

The attack occurred just a day after American President Donald Trump called on the Muslim world to unite and solve the problem of radical Islamic terrorism once and for all. Speaking in Saudi Arabia, the president said Muslim countries should not expect America to stop global terrorism alone and that Muslim countries had to do their part to eradicate terrorism, saying “Drive them out of this earth.”

The ideology which precipitates attacks like this is one which seeks to impose a vision of Islam over everyone in the world by force. The wanton targeting of innocent civilians such as those murdered in Manchester last night is just a small part of the broader campaign of supremacism and totalitarianism that is the Islamist project.

Until the political ideology of Islamism driving global terrorism is eradicated, attacks such as the one that struck Manchester last night will not end.

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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.