Terrorist attack in Manchester
Percijn van Haeringen, A4B, Mr. Van Erve, SOC
On May 22 a terrorist attack occurred in the Manchester stadium, England. The attack took place in the evening (around 22:30) when the famous artist Ariana Grande was performing her songs. The attacker, who blew himself up was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22 year old British Muslim. When the event was done and the spectators walked towards the exit, he blew himself up. He used a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device for this. In total, there were more than 116 people injured and twenty three adults and children died including Abedi himself. Since Abedi was expected to cooperate and work together with a terrorist network, more people were arrested as they were suspected to have a part in the accident. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the whole of England since the 7 July 2005 London bombings, which was already 12 years ago. In total 21,000 people attended the so-called Dangerous woman tour by Ariana Grande.
The people involved were at first the victims that got (heavily) injured or even died. Also involved are the family of the victims. Salman Ramadan Abedi, the cause of the attack was involved of course, just as the terrorist networks he worked together with and the people that got arrested as they are suspected to be involved in the bombing as well. Too involved, are the people that were working at the stadium at the time of the bombing.
I think what happened is terrible. The idea that some Muslims think they should blow themselves up for whatever reason, is totally wrong. I feel very sad for the victims and the family of the victims. I recently talked about what happened at home and we came to the conclusion that it is easy for us to talk about it, because we were not there. I think that a country like the Netherlands will not be bombed as fast as somewhere in England. The tough thing is just that it is very hard to stop this, since it can happen all over the world, by anyone in the world but I am convinced it would be a smart move to get all of the big countries and European union together to make an end to the big bases of the IS. We should stop talking and undertake more action. With Trump in power in America now, this might even be easier than it was before.