ISIS supporters have been celebrating the bomb attack in Manchester – but there has not yet been any official claim of responsibility. At least one blast killed 19 people and injured around 50 others as they were leaving the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last night.
Police are treating the explosion as an act of terrorism.
Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State have used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere.
“It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa have just come back to Manchester,” one user named Abdul Haqq said on Twitter.
It was a reference to the Iraqi and Syrian cities held by the militants where an American-led coalition is conducting air strikes.
Supporters posted messages encouraging each other to carry out “lone wolf” attacks in the West and shared Islamic State videos threatening the United States and Europe.
However, there has been no official confirmation of ISIS taking responsibility for the attack.
Many of the gig goers were young female fans of primary school age, and police have confirmed the death toll includes children.
This morning, panicked parents were searching for their missing kids after the attacker detonated an IED at the venue.
Pictures of children and teens who attended the concert were being circulated on social media in a desperate bid to track them down.