Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Manchester Bombing

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Following the horrific events last night in Manchester in which a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, primarily attended by teenagers, claimed the lives of at least 22 people, we're just now learning that the Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the attack.


Here is the statement from the Islamic State:

"With Allah's grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester, in revenge for Allah's religion, in an endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin, and in response to their transgressions against the land of the Muslims.  The explosive devices were detonated in the shameless concert arena, resulting in 30 Crusaders being killed and 70 others being wounded.  And what comes next will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah's permission.  And all praises due to Allah, Lord of the creation."


Of course, this is not a terribly surprising outcome given some of the disturbing messages posted to Twitter last night in which Islamic State supporters celebrated the attack.  Per Yahoo News:

"It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to #Manchester," one user named Abdul Haqq said on Twitter, in reference to the Iraqi and Syrian cities held by the militants where a U.S.-led coalition, of which Britain is a member, is conducting air strikes.


Supporters posted messages encouraging each other to carry out "lone wolf" attacks in the West and shared Islamic State videos threatening the United States and Europe.


One user said he hoped Islamic State was responsible for the attack, although no claim has appeared on any of the militant's group's official social media channels.


"We hope that the perpetrator is one of the soldiers of the caliphate," he wrote on a channel affiliated to the group hosted by messaging network Telegram.


Others posted banners saying "the beginning is in Brussels and Paris, and in London we form a state," in reference to previous similar "lone wolf" attacks in Belgium and France for which the group has claimed responsibility.

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A full overview of the attack can be found here.  Below is a summary:

  • The Manchester Arena was hit by at least one explosion during a concert by Ariana Grande
  • Police confirm 22 Dead, around 59 injured
  • UK officials suspect it was caused by suicide bomber.
  • Senior counter-terrorism officials meeting in London
  • Police warn people to stay away from area
  • Emergency services rush to scene
  • Ariana Grande 'Okay' following the incident

Here is the summary: A man armed with an “improvised” bomb has killed at least 22 people and injured 59 outside a concert arena filled with teenagers in central Manchester on Monday night, in the worst terrorism incident in the UK since 2005. Police said the bomber, who died in the explosion, detonated the device shortly after the end of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at about 10.30pm. The incident adds the northern English city to the growing list of recent western targets that includes London, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin.

Quoted by the FT, Ian Hopkins, chief constable of Greater Manchester police, said they were still attempting to determine whether the attacker “was acting alone or was part of a network”.

“This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see,” Mr Hopkins said at a news conference on Tuesday morning. “Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives... We believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man," Hopkins told reporters. "The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

British political leaders, who were in the middle of a general election race, halted all campaigning. Prime Minister Theresa May was scheduled to chair a meeting of the cabinet’s emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday morning.

“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” Mrs May said. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency meeting with intelligence chiefs on the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005. Witnesses related the horror of the blast which prompted a stampede just as the concert ended at Europe's largest indoor arena.

"We ran and people were screaming around us and pushing on the stairs to go outside and people were falling down, girls were crying, and we saw these women being treated by paramedics having open wounds on their legs ... it was just chaos," said Sebastian Diaz, 19.

"It was literally just a minute after it ended, the lights came on and the bomb went off," Diaz said.

U.S. President Donald Trump described the attack as the work of "evil losers". German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it "will only strengthen our resolve together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds."

According to AP, there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Online, supporters of the extremist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq's Mosul and around its de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa, celebrated the blast. One wrote: "May they taste what the weak people in Mosul and (Raqqa) experience from their being bombed and burned," according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group.

"A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena," said concertgoer Majid Khan, 22. "It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit." Added Oliver Jones, 17: "The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run." Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was working to establish "the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack." May is due to chair a meeting of the government's COBRA emergency committee later Tuesday. She and other candidates suspended campaigning for Britain's June 8 election after the blast.

Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled.

The Dangerous Woman tour is the third concert tour by 23-year-old Grande and supports her third studio album, "Dangerous Woman." Grande's role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon's high school sitcom "Victorious" propelled her to teen idol status, starting in 2010.

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manofthenorth's picture

And I thought it was Jehova's Witnesses

Dilluminati's picture

Quakers, Mennonites, Amish I initially blamed.

And then I thought Jehova Witness because it happened at the door of the facility.

I blamed the guy with the funny hat on the box of oatmeal when I first heard of this.


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Islamic State Claims Responsibility



Killtruck's picture

"I hate America. I hate Americans." - Ariana Grande.

Word is that she has cancelled her tour and returned to the safety of...America. 

Theeeeeeese cunts.

SWRichmond's picture

Our enemies are

1.  The people who got us involved in ME wars.

2.  The people who want to bring them here.

3.  People who lobby to keep us dependent on ME oil.


PT's picture

Let's take this a little further.

You can't even get into a concert with a bottle of water ... becoz *Gasp!!!*  It might be alcohol!!!!  You might actually dare to have a drink without buying one!!!!

You can't even get into a concert with fancy camera (yeah, the little ones are fine) but if you have a fancy one then *GASP!!!*  You might not buy official photos!!!!

But nail bombs?  Well, they're not bottles of water or fancy cameras so bring in as many as you like.  Obviously you were planning on using it later.  No-one would think you'd use it at the concert.

Or was it already there?

Personally I think it was an Ariana fan.  Why else would they wait for the concert to finish?*
Or maybe the timer was bung.

* Okay, okay, so they can escape with the rest of the crowd and not look suspicious.  Look for the ones that don't appear to enjoy the concert or seem too happy after the explosion.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Again ISIS goes after the little people ... not the leaders.

vegan's picture

Such is the nature of "terrorism". It's about inciting fear, not about traditional military tactics.

This says nothing about who's really behind it, merely the tactics involved.

Itinerant's picture

Even though I abhor ISIS and am also somewhat skeptical of any attribution of terrorist acts (whether by ISIS or a government), I find myself strangely not balking at the logic of

"It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to Manchester"

As an empirical observation, this should not in fact shock us (if the perpetrator really was Syrian) anymore than the daily incidents ocurring in Mosul, but kept out of the news.

PT's picture

True, if that is all the knowledge available to you at the time.

Now who keeps letting them in?

Like bringing a hornet's nest into your lounge room before whacking it with a stick.

Like the greedy mechanic who keeps finding "problems" with your brand new car and keeps charging you money to fix it.  When do you think the car will finally have no "problems"?

Paranoia is not inherited.  It is beaten into you over a long period of time.
Pessimism is just optimism with five year's experience.

Watch what happens next and learn.

Okhams Capital Yesterdays Razor's picture

Paranoia is not inherited.  It is beaten into you over a long period of time.
Pessimism is just optimism with five year's experience.



PT's picture

The latter is from an old Dilbert cartoon and, of all things, I can not find it on the internet to show to you.

From (my dodgy) memory:
Pessimism is just optimism with five years experience.
First day on job:
"Let's do it right away."
5 years later:
"We tried that five years ago.  It didn't work."
10 years later:
"We're all going to die.  Die or go to jail.  It's the end of life as we know it."

I remember that much of the text and still couldn't find a link to the cartoon.

vegan's picture

"The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on." - Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Killtruck's picture

Bra-VO, sir. Well played.

*slow clap for the Catch-22 quote* 

Harry Vederchi's picture

1 - You can't stay away from sharia.

First because it is meant for you.

Second because it turns half the world you live in into a hellhole that spills towards you.

2 - The left wants them here because tribalism and superstition is the left

3 - The left is bought and paid for by ME regimes and uses environment policy to keep us dependent on ME oil

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Yes, you are correct. But your list is too brief. You need to add:

4. Marx and his followers
5. Ruskin (the Anglo Marx) and his followers read Clousen's, The Naked Capitalist)
6. Islamofascists

There are groups out there who hate not only "us" but Western Civilization, which they consider "White Christianity."

They have been actively involved in our destruction for well over a century.

Isolationism won't stop them.

Blankone's picture

From RT this morning:

Yesterday the US conducted more killings in Yemen with US boots on the ground.

Trump is going to ramp up the wars in the ME beyond what Obama did or what it was feared Clinton would do.

Okhams Capital Yesterdays Razor's picture

Ironically most all have a Houston address and are WASP.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

What about all the parents, letting their young teenagers attend a concert in the middle of a dangerous city alone, even though articles indicate that most of the kids attended this rock concert with parents. I sincerely doubt it. That is not what the videos look like, and rock concerts usually do not have many parent attendees. Why are parents so supportive of music stars that urge kids to mock their country? I hear all this BS from feminists about women being reduced to sex objects, and women and their feminist lawyers cash in to the tune of millions on sexual harassment lawsuits when women are called hott by men at work. Meanwhile, women, themselves, especially the nice working moms, gang up on other women at work all the time, particularly on the women who do not fit in their mom cliques. Momma is worried about sexualized imagery, but not in the case of the rock and other pop-culture products aimed at kids. Nor are the mommas worried about all the anti-Western propaganda. But they are PC to the hilt, making sure that they utter no word that might indicate racism. They must not ever go against anti-Westen sentiments in the pop culture or elsewhere. All of that is so very logical and non-contradictory.

SWRichmond's picture

Western women have been active and willing participants in their own destruction.

Can't fix it.

Killtruck's picture


Feminism is a theory that exists only because of the benevolence of Western men. It's complete bullshit. I think it was Jack Donovan who wrote that "violence is not the only answer, but it is the final answer." At the end of the day, after all of the words and labels and mansplaining and assumed-gendering, I can make a female do what I want through the application of pure violence. And violence is like Occam's Razor...everything else is bullshit. If I am willing and capable to exert more violence than you, I am going to win the argument. I might use words to win it, but I'm going to win it one way or the other. And that's just the way it is.

Okhams Capital Yesterdays Razor's picture

And has the monopoly on it. Brutal.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Grande is a Satanist who openly called for mass monthly rituals on the full moon until Trump is impeached. She flashes Satanic symbols on her videos, in concert and at Award Shows. This is the kind of shit our kids are exposed to by the entertainment industry. 

Budnacho's picture

You mean Canadian Jehovah's Witnesses...

SubjectivObject's picture

Worshipers of the cross? and not the hexagram?

hmm, those who are not criticised ... speaks volumes.

Ajax-1's picture

I am shocked that the religion of peace was somehow involved. Muslim's are incapable of terrorism the same way blacks are uncapable of being racists. (Sarc)

Big Boss Man's picture

I'm so surprised.

AlaricBalth's picture

Thank you John McCain

VinceFostersGhost's picture



All his work in Syria......behind Trump's back.


Thank you Deep State.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Unless we or steadfast and clear allies are directly attacked, the West does need to stop meddling in Middle Eastern wars. That is what many of us thought we were voting for--that and a strong border defense. But that needs to be done in conjunction with an end to mass immigration. The problem we have is that Crony Elites and the Congress Swamp, in particular, do not want any real economic change, as they and their families are doing just fine in Swamp City. They prefer to distract a middle class that is fading out of existence due, in part, to their handiwork with foreign policy fireworks.

Bank_sters's picture

Strangely, high level politicians and their interests are never hit.  Nor are Israel citizens interests.  

Thought Processor's picture



Yeah, strange huh.  



They must really hate our freedom.

X- x3's picture's GREAT......*Multi-Culturalism*......isn't it?

Fuck these bastards....the perps at Gladio#2-cia and the sub-humans that do this.


N57Mike's picture

Religion of Peace .... 

youarelost's picture

ISIS is just a tumor of the larger cancer called the Muslin Brotherhood. 

Boomberg's picture

More like the larger cancer called US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar.

new game's picture

turn on the ovens, well done plez...

Endgame Napoleon's picture

The West just needs to stay out of it, protecting its own citizens and promoting Western values in our Republics and democracies. It is not going to happen, though. There is just too much money for a few families to make in foreign ventures. The Clintons -- only one example among many -- went from "dead broke" to multi millionaires in no time from global contacts.

Von Berger's picture

Q. How many terrorists are Muslim.....NO.
Q. How many Muslims are terrorists

Squid Viscous's picture

from Rita Katz' lips to g-d's ears... and NBC, AP and CBS




south40_dreams's picture

Unfortunately, Ariana survived while a bunch of little girls didn't

dexter_morgan's picture

Thank God we blocked that immigrant ban......I feel safer already.

Dilluminati's picture

The liberal will never be happy until their children are slaughtered in the streets, on a bridge, in a plane, at a concert.   Their inability to see the direct connection with the islamic inability to integrate into western culture a blindness of profound error.  The sins of the parents are visited upon the youth.

I say ahhh...

"Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter Because of the iniquity of their fathers. They must not arise and take possession of the earth And fill the face of the world with cities." Isaiah 14:21

new game's picture

darwin has a smirk on his face...

Dilluminati's picture

Allowing these animals to just wander into a society with no integration skills, then become isolated, and finally blow themselves up amidst children puts the onus and blame upon the parents!

To bad the people responsible for this stupidity didn't earn the darwin reward outcome and instead it was inflicted upon the youth.

A genuine sins of the father/mother scenario where political weakness and inability to confront reality cost youthful lives.

This is an existential truth, your children, your culture, under attack.  Certainly there is a congregation of ISIS somewhere where the battle can be waged, but best to start at home.

Handful of Dust's picture

"The 9th Circus judges and Berkley students are dancing in the streets in California while little girls are dying in the UK," credible anonymous sources report.

They vow to block all of Trump's bans on terrorists entering the USA.