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Ariana Grande Suspends Tour, Islamic State Group Claims Attack

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22 people were killed and 59 others injured in the alleged suicide bombing. 

Update (12 PM EST): Despite multiple reports this morning that Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman world tour has been suspended, a source close to the situation told Varietythat they haven't officially made that decision yet. "This is about the victims, it feels silly even to be thinking about the tour at this point," they said. "They're still assessing the situation and how she's doing."


In the wake of last night's bombing in England, Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour. The pop singer was scheduled to perform Thursday in London, but has decided put the entire European leg on hold, including dates in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

Related | Explosions Reported Outside Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena Concert

"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," said Grande's Manager Scoot Braun in a statement. "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

According to the Greater Manchester Police, 22 people have been confirmed dead with 59 others injured. The attacker, who was carrying an improvised exposive device, died at the arena. "We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names," they said. "There is a complex and wide ranging investigation underway."

Later this morning, the Islamic State group claimed the attack, reportedly saying one of its members carried out of the suicide explosion, which is now suspected to have involved the use of a nail bomb and abandoned clothing.

Among the 59 people injured, 12 children were under the age of 16, Associated Press reports. Georgia Callander, an 18-year-old student at Runshaw College in Leyland, has been reported as the first indentified victim. "Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss," said Callander's University in a statement.

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