British officials have confirmed that the suicide bomber who claimed the lives of 22 innocent victims Monday outside an Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England was 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
The Associated Press reports that he was born in Britain in 1994 to parents who came to the country from Libya.
You can read the full statement issued by the Grand Manchester Police here.
A suicide bomber, using an improvised device, killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more – many critically – in the waning moments of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
ISIS is now claiming responsibility for the act.
Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed early Tuesday that the attack was conducted by one man who died at the scene.
“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Hopkins stated.
Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the investigation.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the incident “a callous terror attack” Adding, “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people.”
The Prime Minister said that security services believe that the attacker acted alone, and are working to find out whether he was part of a wider network.
She added that the identity of the attacker was believed to be known to the security services, but cannot yet confirm his name.
Speaking at a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. President Donald Trump called the terrorists “evil losers.”
“I won’t call them monsters,” said Trump. “Because they would like that term… they’re losers, just remember that.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was monitoring the situation, but had “no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States.”
The Director General of Britain’s spy service, Andrew Parker, released a statement on the Manchester Arena attack.
“Everyone at MI5 is revolted by the disgusting terrorist attack in Manchester last night. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, the injured and everyone affected by it.
“Our teams have been working with the police through the night to assist the investigation. We remain relentlessly focused, in numerous current operations, on doing all we can to combat the scourge of terrorism and keep the country safe.”
Queen Elizabeth also issued a statement on the horrific tragedy:
“The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.
“I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.
“I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.
“And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”