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ISIL Claims Responsibility for Manchester Attack at Ariana Grande Concert

Allie Gemmill is an avid writer, cinephile, Ravenclaw, and pizza enthusiast. She regularly writes on film and television with a special focus on women’s involvement & influence in Hollywood. Additionally, she has bylines at Bustle, Keyfr...

What we know about ISIL's involvement in the bombing of Ariana Grande's Manchester concert

Details are still emerging as the world processes, grieves, investigates and attempts to make sense of the bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester on Monday night. Now, after initial reports from the Greater Manchester Police Department indicated this attack would be treated as a terrorist incident, ISIL is claiming responsibility.

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Per AP's constantly updated coverage, at approximately 12:55 p.m. local time (in Manchester), the Islamic State claimed they planted multiple bombs at the concert; police state that "an 'improvised device' was used in the attack," implying only one device was found at the scene. Additionally, the Islamic State used their own jargon to make their intentions appear credible, claiming that "a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatherings," but they did not comment on the aftermath of the attack.

AP's final note in the updated report on these claims from the Islamic State include this: "The group claimed that '30 Crusaders were killed and 70 others were wounded,' higher than the totals confirmed by authorities in Manchester." At time of reporting, there have been 22 people confirmed dead and 59 injured. It is also confirmed through the Greater Manchester Police Department Twitter that a 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack in the early hours on Tuesday morning.

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In the immediate aftermath of the attack, it was confirmed by her reps that Grande was OK and not much else was revealed about her condition. Reports have also come through via TMZ that Grande has suspended her world tour in the wake of the attack. Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, gave a statement to TMZ on Grande's team's feelings as of Tuesday about this tragic attack: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

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Right now, it would appear that everyone is deeply affected by this attack, most important, the citizens of Manchester. Words cannot properly articulate the mix of emotions that are coming from all corners of the internet and the world. More details will be added as they emerge and can be confirmed by the appropriate sources.

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