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ISIS Celebrates Manchester Arena Explosion That Killed 22

'Hoping to see even more blood and dead bodies when the real pictures from the scene come,' one ISIS supporter wrote.

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May 22, 2017 at 9:45 PM ET

Not long after an explosion near an arena in Manchester, England, killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured 59 others on Monday night, supporters of the Islamic State terror group are gloating over the horror.

The explosion, which took place toward the end of an Ariana Grande concert, had supporters and posters on the al-Minbar forum, the most prominent forum used by ISIS supporters, saying, “God Bless” and “Thank God” in a number of posts. Less than two hours after the explosion, one thread was 11 pages long, with many happy comments. Some users have posted fake pictures of the incident.

“Hoping to see even more blood and dead bodies when the real pictures from the scene come,” one user posted.

At least one supporter has floated out a theory, one not confirmed or denied by ISIS, that this explosion came in response to President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. There is still no official claim of responsibility for the apparent attack, and the motivations behind the incident are still unknown. British police have said they are investigating the event as a possible terror attack.

Some supporters are claiming that news reports are referring to many of the injuries coming from nails, which could potentially indicate the usage of a homemade improvised explosive device. Users are recirculating old “recipes” that were shared in the forum, which offer detailed instructions on how to build what’s called an “Afghan IED,” an explosive package built inside a pressure cooker.

While many are celebrating the explosion, others are taking a wait-and-see approach, preferring that ISIS take official responsibility for the explosion.

“We hope that the attacker is one of the Islamic State soldiers,” a user posted.