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Manchester blast: Here’s a timeline of major terror attacks in Europe

At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Britain’s Manchester on Monday. Two US officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.

world Updated: May 23, 2017 08:52 IST
Medics deploy at the scene of a reported explosion during a concert in Manchester, England.
Medics deploy at the scene of a reported explosion during a concert in Manchester, England.(AFP File Photo)

A powerful blast ripped through a crowded arena hosting singer Ariana Grande’s pop concert in the English city of Manchester, killing 19 people and injuring about 50 others, in one of the deadliest terror attacks in the UK.

Unconfirmed reports from two unnamed US officials suggested the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

British Transport Police said the explosion occurred in the foyer area of Manchester Arena that has a capacity of 21,000.

Here’s a timeline of major terror attacks in Europe: 

April 2017: Sweden arrests man for “terrorist crime” hours after a beer truck ploughed into a crowd outside a busy department store in central Stockholm, killing four and injuring 15.

March 2017: Five people were killed and at least 40 injured after a man drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking a policeman close to the British Parliament in what police termed as a terror attack.

February 2017: A knife-wielding man shouts “Allahu akbar” attacked soldiers on patrol near the Louvre Museum in Paris in what the French president called a terrorist attack. The soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker and then opened fire, shooting him five times.

December 2016: A truck smashes through a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people. It triggered significant changes in German policies on video surveillance and the ability to hold and detain asylum seekers deemed suspicious.

July 2016: A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drives onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, ploughing through Bastille Day revellers who had gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice. At least 86 people were killed before police killed the driver.

Arose and a sign reading "Je suis Nice" (I am Nice) is placed near a stain on the pavement on la Promenade des Anglais in tribute to the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice. (AFP File Photo)

March 2016: Explosions tore through the departure hall of Brussels airport and struck a metro station. The Belga agency said shots were fired and there were shouts in Arabic shortly before the blasts, that killed 32 people in the Belgian capital.

November 2015: Nine men unleash explosives near the Stade de France stadium and open fire on people enjoying a night out at bars and restaurants in Paris, and at the Bataclan concert hall that lies just a short walk from where the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were killed. In all, 130 people lose their lives and 350 are wounded. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

January 2015: Two men armed with Kalashnikov rifles storm the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people including eight cartoonists. A policewoman is killed just outside Paris the following day, while a gunman takes hostages at a Jewish supermarket, four of whom are killed. The Charlie Hebdo attackers and the hostage-taker were killed in separate shootouts, but not before claiming allegiance to al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

July, 2005: Four British suicide bombers inspired by al-Qaeda attack London’s transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people, as well as themselves, and wounding 700. Two weeks later a failed attempt is made by another group to carry out a second wave of attacks.