Cortney covered the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, UK after an Ariana Grande concert, which left 22 people dead, including an eight-year-old girl, and at least 50 people wounded. It’s the worst terror attack the United Kingdom has experienced since the London July 7 bombings in 2005. Twelve of the 22 fatalities were under the age of 16. The UK authorities are treating this as a terrorist attack. The perpetrator of this suicide bombing was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who detonated his explosive near the box office of the Manchester Arena. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Responses have been that of shock, horror, disgust, and sadness. Social media responses are mostly an outpouring of support, though some have been quite vile. Over here, one Democratic congressional candidate in Massachusetts, Brianna Wu, decided to blame sexism instead of terrorism.