Coincidence? These Terrorist Attacks Occurred on the 22nd

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The aftermath in Manchester. (Getty)

Coincidence? Or not?

You might be surprised how many major terrorist attacks have occurred on the 22nd day of the month.

For starters, there’s the Manchester bombing attack of May 22, 2017. The blast killed 22 people, and it injured at least 59, when a terrorist, Salman Abedi, detonated a homemade explosive device as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

Now consider:

March 22, 2017: The terrorist attack at the Westminster Bridge and UK Parliament. Khalid Masood was responsible for that attack; he mowed down people on the bridge before stabbing a police officer to death in a failed attempt to make it into Parliament.

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A member of the public is treated by emergency services near Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament on March 22, 2017 in London, England. (Getty)

March 22, 2016: The terrorist attack at the Brussels, Belgium airport and subway system.

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On March 22, 2016, 32 people were killed and 340 were injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport and a metro station in in Zaventem. The damaged facade is seen above. (Getty)

May 22, 2013: Lee Rigby, an Army drummer, was knifed to death by terrorists. You can read about Rigby and his assailants here.

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Lee Rigby.

July 22, 2016: A teenager goes on a shooting rampage at a Munich shopping mall. Ali David Sonboly, a 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman with dual nationality, was described as a “depressed” and “deranged” teen who read about school shootings.

A scene at the Munich shopping mall. (Twitter)

Of course, there are many other terrorist attacks that did not happen on the 22nd day of the month, starting with the obvious, September 11, 2001. The London tube attack occurred on July 7, 2005 and killed 56 people. The Bastille Day truck attack in France was on July 14, 2016, the Charlie Hebdo attack was in January, and the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando was on June 12, 2016. You can read a list here.

No one is sure what to make of the 22nd pattern, not even authorities. “Security agencies are understood to be examining the possibility that the date – the 22nd of the month – is significant, although initial indications suggest there is no link,” reports UK Daily Mail.

Rigby’s mother, Lyn, released a statement after the Manchester attack. “We must stand against terrorism. My heart goes out to all families affected by the terrorist attack,” she said, according to Daily Mail.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Manchester, and authorities are investigating the background of the terrorist, Salman Abedi. Some neighbors said he had been acting strange and was radicalized into extremist Islam.

What’s your theory about the 22nd? Leave it in the comment thread.

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