On May 23, ISIS claimed responsibility for an explosion in Manchester, England that killed 22 and injured 59, according to initial reports. This is the deadliest terrorist attack in the UK since the London bombings in 2005 and the second ISIS claimed in the country in two months.
- The suicide operation occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time on May 22, as tens of thousands of people, many of whom were teenagers, exited a concert at the Manchester Arena. The explosive detonated in an area connecting the arena with the Victoria train station, likely outside venue security. Western media identified the perpetrator as Salman Abedi, and the investigation is ongoing.
- ISIS’s claim adheres to its broader messaging that encourages sympathizers to target the West in response to military action “against the lands of the Muslims.” In the latest issue of the group’s online magazine, Rumiyah, released this month, ISIS cites concert halls as ideal targets, as well as nightclubs, restaurants, and shopping venues.
There are no known or credible threats to New Jersey as a result of the Manchester operation. Nonetheless, NJOHSP provides training in improvised explosive device search procedures, medical preparedness and bombing incident response, homemade explosives awareness and response, complex coordinated attack response, and New Jersey’s threat environment.
- NJOHSP facilitates physical security site assessments in coordination with county infrastructure coordinators, risk mitigation planners, and law enforcement. It also compiles a list of special events scheduled throughout the state. To share information on upcoming events in your jurisdiction, submit a Special Events Form at www.njohsp.gov/special-events-submission-form.
- We encourage New Jersey’s residents to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement and to NJOHSP by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.