Panic erupted Monday night following a massive explosion at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert. What has been found to be a suicide bombing has left 22 dead and 59 wounded, most of the victims children and teenagers.
According to The New York Times, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blast and police have identified the bomber as Salman Abedi, age 22. Salman, who detonated the improvised explosive device and died at the scene, was reportedly born in Manchester as well.
The Sun has reported that said device was, in fact, a nail bomb.
“I didn’t know what to do, I just ran and left my sister,” Amanda Hardy, 15, told the New York Times. She and her sister Elizabeth Hardy, 13, accompanied each other to the concert when an explosion ripped though the floor of the venue, sending both girls flying. “It was my birthday, and the last thing I told Liz before the bang was that I had the best night of my life. Then I lost her.”
Hardy's mother, Charlotte, found Amanda on the floor, telling the New York Times, "her tights were ripped and blood was coming out of her legs,” she said.
“I thought she was dying.”
Another witness, a teenage concertgoer named Natalie Sully, told abcnews.com that she felt a shake, saw people in distress and ran out the doors.
"I looked to my right and there was just a decomposed body," said Sully on ABC News. "All you could see was just flesh."
The Bombers motive is still unclear and police are still attempting to find any further information on him at this time. Armed officers have been reportedly carrying out a controlled explosion to blast down the front door of his home to find information pertaining to a motive.
“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until the police know otherwise,” the Manchester police tweeted.
Many concertgoers in Manchester are still missing, turning to social media for help locating friends and family. Soccer Club Manchester City has opened up part of its Etihad Stadium to be used as an emergency facility for families awaiting news of relatives still unaccounted for, reported the New York Times.
"This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom," said British Prime Minister Theresa May. "All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its 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."
Manchester police are following leads and poring over surveillance footage to determine if the assailant had help or was part of a wider network, according to the New York Times.
"So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers," he said. "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name. I won't call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name."
President Trump addressed the issue in Bethlehem standing next to Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas, still on his international trip to the Middle East.
"And today, let us remember those who died, and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win — and our values, our country and our way of life will always prevail," Said May.
According to The Guardian, Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross have launched the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to benefit the families of the victims facing life-limiting injuries or funeral costs.
“The fund has been established after countless people, from Manchester and from around the world, expressed their desire to help,” said lord mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman. “We are incredibly grateful to the huge amount of people reaching out to offer their support.”
Grande, band members, and crew were not among those wounded or dead, but Grande has suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour indefinitely.
"Broken," tweeted Grande late Monday evening. "From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."