MANCHESTER: The man who blew himself up Monday night following an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has been identified as Salman Abedi, police said.
Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, identified the 22 year-old Abedi as the alleged attacker, but provided no other details.
The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others.
The group said “a soldier of the caliphate” was responsible for the attack on people IS described as “crusaders.” Many of those killed and injured in the blast were children and teenagers, police said.
British police said investigators believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, and that he died at the site.