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Here's a quick rundown of what we know about the Ariana Grande concert attack so far

Flower tributes at St Ann's square, Manchester, England Tuesday May 23, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show that left more than 20 people dead as young concertgoers fled, some still
Flower tributes at St Ann's square, Manchester, England Tuesday May 23, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show that left more than 20 people dead as young concertgoers fled, some still wearing the American pop star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Rui Vieira, AP

A suicide bombing in Manchester, England, killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more on Monday night, according to the BBC.

A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, the BBC reported. The homemade bomb went off around 10:33 local time.

Updates are still filtering in about the attack, but here’s a quick rundown of what we know so far.

  • The Guardian reported that Georgia Callander, 18, was the first victim in the attack to be named. Callander was a student at Runshaw College. Two more victims were identified Tuesday morning, one of whom was an 8-year-old girl, BuzzFeed News reported.
  • Police arrested a 23-year-old man in Chorlton, south of Manchester, in connection with the attack, the BBC reported.
  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May said the bombing was “a callous terrorist attack,” BuzzFeed News reported.
  • "All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people. But this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable evenings of their lives," May said, according to BuzzFeed.

Ariana Grande responded to the event in a tweet that said she felt “broken.”

  • Other celebrities responded to the attack, according to USA Today. Selena Gomez, Drake and Justin Timberlake all shared social media posts, saying their thoughts and prayers are with affected families.
  • Axios had a good explanation about why this matters: “The concert venue attack is an attack on one of Britain's cultural hubs, as Manchester has long served as a primary cultural influence on Britain with bands like The Smiths and Oasis, as well as soccer rivalry between Manchester United and Manchester City teams.”
  • CNN has the dashcam footage that shows the moment of the explosion. There are also photos of the event’s aftermath and statements from witnesses.
  • This attack proved to be a parent’s worst nightmare, USA Today reported. There are ways to talk to your children about these attacks, though, which Quartz outlined.
  • Those concerned about loved ones can call emergency number 0161-856-9400. Families are also posting on social media about the attack.