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8-year old among the dead in Manchester explosion, ISIS takes responsibility

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Police report early Tuesday that children are among the 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena.

According to authorities, the bomber also died when he detonated an improvised explosive device near one of the venue’s exits at 10:33 p.m. local time (5:33 p.m. ET) on Monday.

According to her school, Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was among the fatalities. Officials say 59 other people were wounded, including some who suffered life-threatening injuries. Many others are still missing.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but produced no evidence, but a 23-year-old man was arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack.

The pop star’s fan base is primarily girls and teenagers, so the venue was packed full of families, so when the blast sparked, it turned into a nightlong search for loved ones as frantic parents tried to locate their children, and groups of friends scattered by the explosion sought each other.

Video shot inside the 21,000-capacity venue showed teenagers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons, with some fans were still wearing the singer and former Nickelodeon TV actress’ trademark kitten ears as they fled.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters:

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident. Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”

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