Islamic State group claims ‘soldier of the caliphate’ planted explosive at Manchester concert

Posted at 8:23 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 09:05:39-04

MANCHESTER, England — The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England, where 22 people died in an explosion.

Police, however, have spoken only of "an improvised device" used in the attack.

IS says "a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatherings" then detonated them.

It did not say whether the attacker was killed.

The group claimed that "30 Crusaders were killed and 70 others were wounded," higher than the totals confirmed by authorities in Manchester, who say 22 were killed and 59 were hospitalized.