Manchester Arena terror attack: Suspected Islamic State sympathiser tweeted about attack hours earlier

After a suspected suicide blast at the Manchester city's Manchester Arena killed 19 people, unconfirmed media reports claim that a Twitter handle of a possible Islamic State sympathiser tweeted on the attack hours before the explosion took place.

FP Staff May 23, 2017 11:36:22 IST
Manchester Arena terror attack: Suspected Islamic State sympathiser tweeted about attack hours earlier

After a suspected suicide blast at the Manchester Arena killed 19 people, unconfirmed media reports claim that a Twitter handle of a possible Islamic State sympathiser tweeted on the attack hours before the explosion took place. The twitter handle is now suspended.

The original tweet had said: #Islamic State #manchesterarena #UK #British ARE YOU FORGET OUR THREAT? THIS IS THE JUST TERROR (sic).

Meanwhile, ANI reported that another unverified video is making the rounds on social media, in which a man claims that the blast was the handiwork of the loyal supporters of the Islamic State.

Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester, England on Monday night. There were scenes of panic as Grande's audience fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses described as a "huge bomb-like bang" in the foyer area at the end of the concert.

Manchester Arena terror attack Suspected Islamic State sympathiser tweeted about attack hours earlier

Vehicles are seen near a police cordon outside the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing, in Manchester. Reuters

otherwise," the police said in a statement.

British prime minister Theresa May condemned the "appalling terrorist attack". "All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected," she said in a statement.

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

The Greater Manchester Police, in a statement, confirmed that it was treating Monday's blast as a terror attack.

"We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident untill we know otherwise. We are working closely with the national counter terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners."

With inputs from agencies 

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