Manchester Attack Prompts Destinations Worldwide to Increase Security

Flower tributes at St Ann's square, Manchester, England
Photo by AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Monday’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena is prompting destinations including the United States, France and others around the world to consider additional security measures.

According to the BBC, sports arenas and other public venues in England are conducting major security reviews following the Monday attack that killed 22. UK Prime Minster Theresa May said that the country’s terror threat level has been raised to “critical,” its highest level, meaning that further attacks may be imminent.

In France, the attack has prompted new President Emmanuel Macron to seek an extension of the country’s state of emergency, The Guardian reports. The state of emergency had been in place since the November 2015 terrorist attacks at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris. Previously, the state of emergency had been set to expire in July, but the new extension would make it last until November 1.

In the United States, sports stadiums are considering new ways to beef up security outside the venue, according to a report in Time magazine. Manchester Arena had tweeted on Monday that the bombing happened “outside the venue in a public space,” although since then Manchester police have not confirmed if the bomber blew himself up inside or outside the arena.

Business Insider reports that officials in Japan and concert organizers in Singapore are also considering additional security measures.

A separate report in the BBC indicates that three more men have been arrested in connection with the incident as police continue to investigate whether or not the bomber acted alone. The explosion at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night injured 64 and killed 22, including an eight-year-old girl.

Major tourist monuments around the world were lit up with the British flag last night in solidarity with the victims.

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