Fresh trauma for Ariana Grande as man arrested for threatening new concert attack

Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester was decimated by a terrorist atrocity in May

Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester was decimated by a terrorist atrocity in May

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Colombian man has been arrested for threatening to attack a concert by Ariana Grande, just weeks after the US singer's performance in Manchester was decimated by a terrorist atrocity.

The man arrested is 22 years old and had posted a series of threats on a page dedicated to Grande's tour.

In his posts, the man claimed he was going to attack the concert in Costa Rica on Sunday (July 9).

After discovering the identity of the poster, the authorities raided an apartment in Moravia, in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, and arrested a man who has lived in the country since 2013. They also found the mobile phones from which he is believed to have sent the messages.

When questioned by the authorities, however, the man said this was simply "a joke," according to news site 20 Minutos.

Costa Rica's security minister Gustavo Mata has said the man "is not known to be in work, he lives with his family and we hope to clarify the resolution of the Public Ministry and also clarify his migration status, to determine the appropriate action and whether he will be expelled from the country or not."

The threat comes less than two months after Grande's concert at Manchester Arena was attacked by terrorist Salman Abedi, who detonated an explosive device in the foyer of the building.

Twenty two people died in the attack, many of them children, and the massacre prompted a global outpouring of sympathy.