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ISIS claims credit for suicide bomber at crowded British venue; 22 dead

Another reason why Trump’s call for unity among Muslim nations to battle ISIS must succeed

(National SentinelTerrorism: A suicide bomber who detonated a ball-bearing bomb at a crowded concert venue in Manchester, England, Monday night killed 22 including an 8-year-old girl, while injuring at least 119 others, in the latest act of terrorism in Europe claimed by ISIS.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail:

ISIS have said one of its ‘soldiers’ set off the ball bearing bomb at the Ariana Grande concert. As well as the 22 killed, 119 people were injured in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.

Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old fan who met US singer Ms Grande two years ago, were killed. Of the injured, 59 were taken to hospital – of which at least 12 were children – and 60 were treated at the scene.

Traumatised families have told how of nuts and bolts tore into young music fans when the blast was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after a concert by the US popstar ended. 

Police this morning confirmed that the suicide bomber, who was known to authorities, died inside the arena. US security sources said the bomber had travelled to the venue on public transport.

 

The key passage in that entire post is highlighted – known to authorities.

More:

The suicide attacker is said to have been ‘known’ to the authorities and anti-terrorist officers are going through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage trying to ‘pick him up’ during his journey to the arena. 

Officers also believe that he will have carried out a ‘recce’ to the giant venue in recent days and a separate team are studying footage going back into the past week. 

Without doubt there will be no shortage of questions as to why someone “known” to authorities was able to slip, unnoticed, into a crowded venue and set off a massive bomb that killed and wounded dozens of people. Yes, of course, the democratic process, we get it. But these people are terrorists and they don’t play by our rules.

Maybe a self-examination of immigration and refugee policies is finally in order, perhaps?

Meanwhile, President Donald J. Trump, in the Middle East for his first overseas visit as U.S. leader, has called on Muslim nations to come together to fight Islamic extremism. Many have pledged to do so.

It’s the only way scenes like that in Manchester will no longer be the new normal.

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