The Manchester Arena suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night has been identified as Salman Abedi. This identification comes after the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the bombing, which is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since the deaths of 56 people in the London bombings of 2005.
Abedi is suspected of detonating a homemade explosive device packed with nuts and bolts at about 10:30 pm, near the foyer of the Manchester Arena, shortly after the performance ended. Thousands of fans and their families were filing out of the large indoor arena when the explosion sent the crowd into a panic. The suspect died at the scene and counter-terrorism agencies immediately mounted a massive inquiry.
Investigators fear Abedi was part of a wider network of Isil-inspired terrorists. Experts believe the device detonated at the concert was so sophisticated that Abedi must have either been given specialist training abroad or used a bomb made by a technician who has not yet been captured.
Various international leaders and groups offered their support and condolences to those who have been affected by this latest act of terrorism.
“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term…Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed, we cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people…This wicket ideology must be obliterated and I mean completely obliterated, and the innocent life must be protected. All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right our citizens to live in safety and in peace,” said U.S. President Trump.
“I am following the reports from Manchester with great sadness and shock…This suspected terrorist attack will merely strengthen our determination to continue working together with our friends in the UK to combat those who plan and carry out such despicable acts. People in the UK can rest assured that Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with them,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also issued a statement regarding the attack. “The world is in shock and distress after the criminal terrorist attack on Manchester Arena. The Iranian Resistance condemns this callous attack and offers the NCRI’s deepest condolences and sympathies to the people of Britain, especially to the families of the victims…Killing innocent and defenseless people under any pretext, particularly children and teenagers, is a crime against humanity and has nothing to do with Shiite or Sunni Islam and sharply contradicts the teachings of this great religion,” said the NCRI. “These terrorism crimes, which have extended beyond the Middle East to other parts of the world are the unquestionable products of the expansion of fundamentalism and extremism. Breaking out of this cycle of crimes and carnage can be achieved only by concentrating on the main source of fundamentalism, namely the anti-humane regime ruling Iran…”
The attacks have been just another reminder of the brutality of a fundamentalism that lacks any tolerance for anyone or anything else.