Manchester bomber identified; ISIS propaganda video appears to target Las Vegas
Manchester police confirmed today, May 23, that the identity of the bomber who attacked Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert last night as 22-year old Salman Abedi, New York Times reports. The bombing, which left 22 dead and 59 injured, is the deadliest terror attack in Britain since 2005.
Raising the nation’s threat level, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, “…we cannot ignore [the possibility] that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.” One such individual could be the currently-unidentified 23-year-old male whom Manchester police arrested near the arena after the explosion.
With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester.
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just ahead of Britain’s June 8 election.
Alongside last night’s tragedy, news has now arisen that Las Vegas may be a future target for the terrorist organization. According to Las Vegas Now, “The City of Las Vegas has emerged once again as a potential terror target in an ISIS propaganda video. In the video that calls for lone wolf attacks, several Strip properties were prominently displayed.”
US intelligence reportedly discovered the footage in question last week.
The local publication notes that, while it is unclear when the video was made, this is the second known instance of Las Vegas has appeared in an ISIS propaganda video, with the first occurring in June 2016.
Speaking on the possible uprise of extremism and terrorism within Las Vegas, Clark County Sherriff Joe Lombardo notes that, “I wouldn’t put a title in particular to ISIS. I would say any terrorism group would consider Las Vegas a target.”
As summer tourism and events are in an uptick for Las Vegas, news of the video is all the more harrowing. On the topic of vigilance toward a terror attack on Las Vegas, the Nevada Resort Association stated, “We are in regular, frequent communication on issues that impact our entire community, especially the Las Vegas resort corridor.”
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