Police have arrested a man in connection with the Manchester Arena bomb attack last night as British prime minister Theresa May condemned the “sickening cowardice” of the perpetrator. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. Greater Manchester police, who believe they know the identity of the bomber, detained a 23-year-old man in the south of the city in connection with the attack, which killed 22 people, The Guardian reports. Another 59 people were injured in the attack at the end of a concert by singer Ariana Grande. An ambulance service also tended to about 60 walking wounded. Grande’s music is popular with teenagers and children, who were among the dead.
May said, “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.” President Trump, traveling in Israel, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as “evil losers.” He added, “This wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated.” Islamic State’s claim of responsibility resembled others the group has made for attacks in the West. The attack was the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on subway trains and a bus in 2005.