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Police Arrest 23-Year-Old Man in Connection With Manchester Bombing

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A man has been arrested in connection with Monday’s attack that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

The 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in south Manchester, local authorities said. Later, police said they had executed two search warrants in and around the city, including at one location where they conducted a “controlled explosion.”

An unidentified suicide bomber is suspected of carrying out the deadly attack Monday night at the Manchester Arena. ISIS has since claimed responsibility.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that “many” children were among the dead. At least 59 people were also injured in the bombing. Grande, who had just finished a concert at the 21,000-capacity venue where the blast occurred, tweeted that she was “broken” following the attack.

Authorities believe they know the identity of the man who carried out the blast, which went off at 10:33 p.m. BST.

“This is among the worst terrorist incidents we have experienced in the United Kingdom,” May said following an emergency meeting. “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but an opportunity for carnage.”

President Donald Trump, who spoke to May early Tuesday, according to the White House, addressed the “horrible morning of death” during a news conference in Bethlehem, West Bank.

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,” he said. “So many young beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life.”

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