British Prime Minister Theresa May responded Tuesday to a terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, late Monday evening that left at least 22 people, including children, dead.
According to the BBC, police said that “a lone male suicide bomber detonated a home-made bomb, and died at the scene.” Concert-goers rushed out of Manchester Arena in horror. The explosion took place shortly after Grande left the stage. The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The morning after the attack, May said, “It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack — an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.”
May said the attack, which also injured at least 59 people, “was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom.”
“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,” she said. “But we can continue to resolve to thwart such attacks in future, to take on and defeat the ideology that often fuels this violence, and if there turn out to be others responsible for this attack, to seek them out and bring them to justice.”
May thanked the police and emergency services for acting “with great courage and on behalf of the country” and vowed that they will have “all the resources they need” to complete their investigation.
She urged the British people to remember the selflessness of the first responders rather than the savagery of the attacker.
“At terrible moments like these it is customary for leaders, politicians, and others to condemn the perpetrators and declare that the terrorists will not win,” May said. “But the fact that we have been here before, and the fact that we need to say this again, does not make it any less true.”
May said that “while we experienced the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best”:
The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester. The attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together.
And in the days ahead, those must be the things we remember.
The images we hold in our minds should not be those of senseless slaughter, but of the ordinary men and women who put concerns about their own safety to one side and rushed to help.
“Let us remember those who died and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win — and our values, our country and our way of life will always prevail,” she concluded.
In a statement early Tuesday, President Donald Trump said, “We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”
“So many young beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are. They are losers. And we will have more of them. But they are losers, just remember that.”
We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/X6fUUxxYXE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2017
After the concert, Grande took to Twitter to tell her fans she feels “broken.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017