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On May 22, people were enjoying an Ariana Grande concert when all the sudden a bomb went off, which killed at least 22 people. Islamic State took responsibility for the bomb.
Fox News reports, “The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing attack that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night.”
ISIS called the gathering crusaders and the concert as shameless.
Independent explains, “The terrorist group released statements in several languages through its central media body praising the atrocity, claiming more than 100 ‘crusaders’ were killed or wounded at the ‘shameless’ concert.” After the terror attack, Prime Minister May set the threat level to critical.
Per ABC, “Critical is the highest of the country’s five threat levels. Soldiers will now be deployed at public events, and police officers responsible for guarding key sites will be replaced by armed military officers.” Prime Minister May called the act, one of cowardice, taking innocent people’s lives who were trying to enjoy a concert.
Fox News explains, “On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack a display of ‘appalling, sickening cowardice – deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.’”
Those who have studied terrorist attacks have warned that areas with large amounts of people may be specifically targeted by terrorist groups.
Independent reports, “Analysts have warned that the group may increasingly turn to ‘soft targets’ with large crowds, as seen in Westminster, Stockholm, Nice and Berlin, rather than protected areas with a high security presence.” Police arrested a 23-year-old man who was related to the attacks, even though the one who attacked the concert hall was killed in the suicide bombing.
Per ABC, “A 23-year-old man has been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the attack, police said.”
Queen Elizabeth II thanked all those who responded to the tragedy in Manchester.
Fox News shares her response, “‘I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care. And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity,’ she said in a statement.”
The Salvation Army serves the people of Manchester who are hurting or downtrodden.
The Salvation Army of Manchester Central explains, “We will communicate our love and concern by befriending, identifying, and standing alongside oppressed and marginalised people, and thus seek to fulfil God’s purpose for our community.”
Pray for God’s comfort on all those who are still hurting after the attack at the concert. Pray for the Salvation Army to be able to minister to all those who are hurting with Christ’s hope.