NPR

Manchester Bombing Is Europe's 12th Terrorist Attack Since 2015

The post-concert bombing is the 12th terrorist attack in Western Europe in a little over two years. This coincides with the rise of the Islamic State, which has been linked to most all the attacks.
A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in central Manchester on Tuesday. Source: Darren Staples

British authorities still have many questions about the Monday night concert bombing in Manchester. They don't yet know if the suicide bomber had any helpers or how he obtained his explosives.

But this much is clear: Western European cities have become regular targets over the past two years, a period coinciding with the rise of the Islamic State and its calls for supporters to strike anywhere they can and with whatever weapons are at hand.

The Manchester bombing is the 12th terrorist attack in Western Europe since the beginning of 2015. Collectively, they have claimed

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR4 min readPolitics
What Trump May Be Missing In Those Polls He Calls Fake
Polls taken 18 months before an election are not predictive, but they have sent signals that proved helpful when heeded by presidents in the past.
NPR2 min read
Senate Passes $4.6 Billion Emergency Border Funding Bill Signalling Battle With House
The sweeping 84-8 vote came minutes after the Senate handily rejected the House's humanitarian assistance bill, signalling what will likely be a contentious battle to reconcile the competing bills.
NPR4 min read
'When We Were Arabs' Is A Nostalgic Celebration Of A Rich, Diverse Heritage
Author Massoud Hayoun has Moroccan, Egyptian and Tunisian heritage — and is also Jewish. He weaves in his family history with the politics that shaped their lives, including European oppression.