Monday’s deadly terrorist attack in Manchester, England, is having repercussions here in Baltimore City, with local authorities staying on their toes to try to fend off any similar tragedies on their home turf..
Baltimore police have boosted patrols and checks “to some of our vulnerable infrastructures and facilities where large gatherings of people may occur,” department spokesman T.J. Smith said in an emailed statement this morning. “As always, we are asking the public to maintain their vigilance as acts of terrorism can occur anywhere.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a vicious attack that killed 22 people and injured 59 during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester on Monday night. Per The Telegraph, a homemade explosive device went off just after the pop singer finished her set, killing and wounding dozens and sending thousands of fans rushing out of the stadium.
Police there have since identified the suicide bomber who detonated the bomb and have arrested a 23-year-old man who they say was involved in the attack. ISIS has accepted responsibility.
Mayor Catherine Pugh hasn’t issued a statement about the attack. Smith said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis “has been in contact” with Pugh and her staff and is “keeping them abreast of information as we receive it.”
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to those affected by the senseless act of terrorism in Manchester,” Smith added.
The Baltimore area is already reeling from another deadly incident of suspected extremism here in Maryland.
Early Saturday morning, 23-year-old Richard Collins III, a newly commissioned second lieutenant in the Army and a soon-to-be-graduate of Bowie State University, was murdered at the University of Maryland-College Park. Authorities arrested and charged 22-year-old Matthew Urbanski with killing Collins.
Police say Urbanski, a student native to Severna Park, is a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich,” which focuses on shared hatred of minorities — African-Americans, specifically.
Urbanski was denied bail yesterday. Bowie State held a vigil for Collins last night. He would have graduated today.
— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) May 23, 2017
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