IS claims responsibility for Manchester Arena attack

A woman and a young girl wearing a t-shirt of US singer Ariana Grande talks to police near Manchester Arena following a deadly terror attack in Manchester, Getty Images

IS has claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena attack, hailing the bomber as a “soldier of the caliphate”, reported The Independent.

The terrorist group released statements in several languages through its central media body praising the atrocity, claiming more than 100 “crusaders” were killed or wounded at the “shameless” concert, according to the British newspaper.

“With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate] managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the crusaders in the British city of Manchester,” said the English version, The Independent added.

It suggested the atrocity was not a suicide attack, despite police statements saying the perpetrator died at the scene, and did not name him as a “martyr”, it indicated.

Isis said the attack aimed to terrorise “infidels…in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims”, reported The Independent.

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