Manchester Update: New Details, Trump Responds, ISIS Claims Responsibility

Details continue to emerge about the horrific bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. yesterday. Here’s the latest updates.

  • The death toll now stands at 22 people, including children.
  • The bomber, as yet unidentified, was killed in the blast, and used an “improvised explosive device.”

“We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvized explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a televised statement. (Source)

  • May called the attack “appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”
  • President Trump, in his remarks with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the attack, and called the perpetrators “evil losers.” (Source)

Mr. Trump said that he would not call people like the assailant “monsters” because they would “think that’s a great name.” Instead, he said that people who conducted attacks like the one at the concert were “evil losers.”

“I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that.”


  • This was the worst attack on British soil since 2005, when 52 people perished in the London Underground bombings. It’s the worst attack in northern England’s history.
  • British police tweeted that have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester in connection with the attack.

  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. (Source)

In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a soldier of the caliphate placed explosives among a gathering of crusaders — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena. The statement said about 30 were killed and about 70 were wounded.

  • For the survivors, what should have been a memorable night out has become a nightmare. Teenagers are stricken with grief and shock. Families are worried, and terror has briefly taken hold in the numbness following such an evil and heartless act.


This is personal

My own personal reaction initially was anger. That has turned to intense anger. This morning I told my 6- and 7-year-old kids about the bombing. The 7-year-old asked why? I told him they are evil. President Bush called terrorists who target innocents like this “evildoers.” Trump called them “evil losers.”

I don’t think either of them cover the enormity of this. They are evil-hearted people, whose souls and ability to care about a single life other than their own twisted lie of paradise, have been hopelessly seared. They find their places in hell for eternity.

Justice will prevail, but nothing can restore the lost relationships, the lost futures, and the lost love of children who will never grace this earth because of evil. C.S. Lewis said God uses suffering as his megaphone. Those who would applaud the deaths of children deserve to be hunted like animals, without remorse.

Let this event not be lost in the news cycles or politics of the day. Let this be the galvanizing cry to eliminate ISIS, as Trump said, “DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.”

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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