In the deadliest attack that has happened in the United Kingdom, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena bombing, according to a news agency linked to the terrorist organisation. The suicide bomber was carrying a heavy explosive and detonated himself inside the Manchester Arena on Monday night. The attack killed 22 and injured 59 people, including children.
In in a statement released by Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth paid her tribute to the victims of the terror attack. “I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured,” she said. “The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert,” she added, expressing her gratitude to all the members of the emergency services.
“And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity,” she said.
The Queen’s remarks came after UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “appalling terrorist attack”. Offering her condolences to the families of the victims, she said that the terrorist attack stands out for its cowardice.
The tragedy occurred just weeks before the UK general election. Addressing reporters, May said that the police believed they knew the identity of the bomber, as they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection to the attack.