CBS News is reporting from London that the Manchester bomber has been identified as 23-year-old Salman Abedi, “who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.”
However, other news agencies have not reported that name.
British police have reportedly also arrested one other man in connection with the attack, which killed 22 people – many of them teens and children – and wounded 59 others. One of those killed was identified as an 8-year-old girl. The bomber died in the blast, which sent shrapnel and apparently ball bearings into the crowd as people streamed out of a concert performed by pop star Ariana Grande. She was not injured.
The blast was outside the Manchester Arena, and by Tuesday morning it was being called a “soft target” because the concert was over and people were leaving. British Prime Minister Theresa May has called it “a callous terrorist attack,” and the ISIS terror organization has claimed credit.
CBS has not provided any details about how Abedi was apparently known to authorities.
Heat Street published a furious report about how the bombing “brings out the worst of social media” and targeted freelance writer David Leavitt for his insensitive remarks.
Once appraised of the magnitude of the attack, he issued a hasty apology.
The Mirror, another British publication, reported that an alleged “jihadist” has released what it called “a sick video” claiming that the Manchester attack was “just the beginning.” But that has been said before.
Reacting to the attack during an appearance at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, President Donald Trump called for “all civilized nations” to join together and “obliterate this evil ideology,” Fox News reported.
An ironic turn in the British tragedy was the announcement that actor Roger Moore, who portrayed British secret agent James Bond in seven films about the legendary “007,” has died. On the silver screen, superspy Bond repeatedly saved the world from criminals and terrorists. According to Fox News, Moore died following a short battle with cancer. He was 89.
Charles Krauthammer, a regular on Fox News, said that even if ISIS is not responsible as they claim, the homicide bombing has still managed to instill fear in many British citizens.
As the investigation continues, Reuters is reporting that countries around the world have tightened security “ahead of major cultural and sports events.”