MANCHESTER, U.K. - UK authorities are beginning to identify the victims of a deadly terror attack outside a concert in Manchester.
At least 22 people were killed and 59 others injured in an explosion Monday night outside Manchester Arena, where an Ariana Grande concert had just ended.
The first confirmed victim was Georgina Callander, whose death was reported by her former school. Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester. School officials posted a photo of Georgina on the school's website, smiling and looking smart in her school uniform. It described her as “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff.”
Authorities say an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was also among those who died.
A UK ambulance official said 12 children under the age of 16 were among those injured in the attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying one of its members planted the bombs in the crowd.
Witnesses said they saw bolts and other bits of metal, indicating the bomb may have contained shrapnel intended to maximize injury and death.
“There was this massive bang. And then everyone just went really quiet. And that’s when the screaming started,” said 25-year-old Ryan Molloy. “As we came outside to Victoria Station, there were just people all over the floor covered in blood.”
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Greater Manchester police said the bomber was killed in the attack. They announced Tuesday that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in the south of the city in connection with the bombing.
“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish, but as an opportunity for carnage,” Britian’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.
The attack was the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on subway trains and a bus in July 2005.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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