ISIS claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide bombing that killed 22 people, many of them children, at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester – as authorities arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the atrocity.
“One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester,” the terror group said in a statement published on its social media channels.
The claim was made after ISIS celebrated the atrocity at Monday’s packed performance at Manchester Arena as a victory against the “crusaders” of the West, The Telegraph of the UK reported.
“This is only the beginning. The lions of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham are beginning to attack all the crusaders,” a masked man said in a video clip.
The attacker’s name was not mentioned in the claim of responsibility.
Dan Coats, the United States’ top intelligence official, said the US government has not yet verified that the jihadist group is behind the attack.