Ariana Grande 'indefinitely suspends' world tour after 22 killed in concert suicide bombing

Publish Date
Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 7:57AM
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British police have named the suicide bomber who killed at least 22 people at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester.

The bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi. 

The attack was conducted by Abedi who was carrying a device which he detonated. Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack and a 23-year old man has also been arrested in connection to the attack.

Along with the 22 killed, there were at least 59 people injured by the explosion at the end of the concert. Most of the victims are believed to be teenagers. 

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour. She as also returned to the United States to be with her family.

The 23-year-old singer has reportedly pulled out of her next concert, in London, and is currently planning to reschedule the rest of her European shows following the terrorist attack at her show in Manchester, North West England.

According to TMZ, Ariana will put gigs in the UK, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland on hold, though no official announcement has yet been made.

A source told People magazine: "It’s so, so sad. She loves her fans and is absolutely crushed and devastated as you can imagine. She can’t believe this happened. She just wants to be with her family and loved ones right now."

It comes after the singer admitted she had been left "broken" by the tragic events that unfolded.

She posted on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. (sic)"

Whilst manager Scooter Braun added in a statement "Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.

"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

It is thought Ariana has indefinitely suspended her world tour following the tragedy whilst some musicians have cancelled their own gigs as a mark of respect to the victims.

- Bang! Showbiz with additional reporting by The Hits