Incident Summary:

05/22/2017: A suicide bomber, identified as Salman Abedi, detonated at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, United Kingdom. In addition to the assailant, at least 22 people were killed and 119 people were injured in the blast. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in response to "transgressions against the lands of the Muslims."



United Kingdom

Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Manchester Arena
Specific Description Ariana Grande Concert
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Georgina Bethany Callander, Elaine McIver, Megan Hurley
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosive device containing a Yuasa 12-volt, 2.1 amp-hour lead acid battery, a circuit board, and nuts and bolts as shrapnel was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included British civilians Paul McIver, Michelle Kiss, Nell Jones, Jane Tweddle-Taylor, Courtney Boyle, Philip Tron, Chloe Rutherford, Liam Curry, Sorrell Leczkowski, Olivia Campbell, Kelly Brewster, Martyn Hett, Eilidh MacLeod, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Saffie Rose Roussos, John Atkinson, Laura MacIntyre, Claire Brewster, Hollie Booth, and Wendy Fawell; and Polish civilians Angelika Klis and Marcin Klis.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 119 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 119
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Manchester attack: Extradition bid for Salman Abedi's brother," BBC Online, November 1, 2017.
"Manchester Bomber Met With ISIS Unit in Libya, Officials Say," The New York Times, June 3, 2017.
"Manchester Bombing: What We Know and Don’t Know," The New York Times, May 22, 2017.