Monday's suspected suicide attack on Manchester Arena was likely yet another lone-wolf incident rather than the work of international terror networks, according to one political analyst.
No details are known about the identities of parties involved in an explosion that has killed 22 people and injured at least 59. However, U.K. and U.S. officials said they may have tentatively identified the bomber, according to NBC News.
"It is highly unlikely that this is part of some coordinated attack from overseas," Richard Fenning, global CEO at political consultancy Control Risks, told CNBC.
Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said Tuesday that police believe the attack was carried out by one man who had an improvised explosive device and who also died in the bombing. He added that the priority was to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.
Recent attacks on European soil reveal the development of self-radicalized individuals, as reflected by the Westminster Bridge incident, Fenning explained. These people have chosen to duck below society's radar, got personal issues that lead them to self-alienation as well as a willingness to inflict serious violence, he continued.
"The nature of modern terror attacks in Europe is entirely sporadic in what motivates people to do it."
Still, the extent of strategic planning behind the explosion at one of Europe's largest indoor stadiums was impressive, pointed out another analyst.
"The actual placement of the suicide bomber or device was put there with a specific intent to kill so this was a well-thought out plan," Fred Burton, chief security officer at Stratfor and former U.S. State Department counter-terrorism agent, told CNBC. "This was a certainly a very successful operation from the eyes of whoever carried this off."