Manchester Arena – Countries from the United States to Japan and Singapore are considering tightening security ahead of major theater and sports events following a suicide bomb attack in Britain that killed at least 22 people. Britain was on its second-highest alert level of “severe”. Meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely, after the suicide bomb blast at the end of the Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester.
Manchester Arena: 22 dead after a Terrorist Attack
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was closely monitoring the situation in Manchester and that the U.S. public may experience increased security at public events. Japan said it had started gathering information. “We have strengthened our position by establishing an information-gathering unit dedicated to international terrorism,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. In Singapore, the organizer of Britney Spears’ concerts in June said they were considering new measures.
Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld Expo, where Ariana Grande is due to hold a concert in September, said it would enhance security measures for all concerts and events. Besides baggage inspection, there will be metal detectors, it said in a statement, adding it was also planning to introduce search dogs for any suspicious items. Hong Kong is already on high alert ahead of an expected visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Beijing on July 1. When the former British colony’s new leader will also be sworn in. The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia’s biggest sports arena, said it was reviewing procedures.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was working closely with other countries on strategy. “While the threat level in Victoria remains unchanged, and there is no known threat to the MCG, we continue to receive advice from the relevant authorities and together review our security processes accordingly,” the club’s spokesman said, referring to the state of which Melbourne is the capital. SM investments Corp, whose Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippine capital will host Ariana Grande in August, said it would take all precautions. “Our security is always stepped up, especially in big crowds like this,” said SM investment relations chief Corazon Guidote.
The Manchester Arena is the largest seating capacity in the UK and the second largest in the European Union with 21,000 seats. So, it is one of the world’s most crowded arenas. The Manchester Arena hosted even the Motorsport. So far, the English city hosts two major two-wheeled events: the ArenaCross Series 2017 and the Manchester Bike Show. The terrorist attack, thus affects the Manchester Arena, a neuralgic point of life in the English city. A place of worship for many motorcyclists who will now have to get up and try to give more emotions with our beloved bikes.