On Monday (May 23) evening, at least 22 people were killed and over 60 injured after a bombing at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena concert. Among the casualties were children in what the U.K. Prime Minster has called a "sickening" attack. As of now, the man suspected of carrying out the attack has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, police said today.
In addition, as reported earlier, the New York Times reports that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which reportedly erupted at the Manchester Arena around 10:30 p.m. when concertgoers were leaving the venue after Grande performed her final song.
The incident unfortunately mirrors the deadly attacks at the Bataclan in Paris back in 2015 during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Taking to social media, several celebrities and artists have spoken out about the news, sharing concerns for fans and citizens as well as sending out condolences to families and more.
Mate, that is fucking horrible what happened in Manchester. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives. 👎🏾No— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 23, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
Hold each other close today and everyday. Love is the only way to answer to something this hateful— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) May 23, 2017
Just saw the news about Manchester... Our hearts are breaking 💔 Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew.— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 23, 2017
I am so saddened to hear the news about what happened @ #ManchesterArena...Sending prayers to all & their families during this trying time🙏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
What is happening in Manchester is absolutely terrifying. Praying everyone effected has found safety and hope Ariana is okay :( Jesus— h (@halsey) May 22, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017