19 dead in Manchester after explosion at Ariana Grande concert
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 12:22
22 people, including children, have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by USA star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday.
United Kingdom police reports at least 19 dead and dozens injured after an explosion happened inside Manchester Arena at Ariana's Grande concert.
An explosion at the Manchester Arena is being treated as a terrorist incident until police can determine otherwise.
One concert-goer, Sasina Akhtar, told The Manchester Evening News that there had been an explosion at the back of the arena after the last song.
On social media, people have been tagging posts with #roomformanchester to offer room and support for victims of the attack. A huge Grande fan, she had come to the concert with her mother.
Announcing that the death toll had risen, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: "What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased". One wrote: "May they taste what the weak people in Mosul and (Raqqa) experience from their being bombed and burned", according to the US -based SITE Intelligence Group.
Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "Broken". Others report two loud bangs heard between 10:40 pm and 10:45 pm GMT.
She said there was no smoke, just one very loud bang.
Manchester Arena said the explosion happened "outside the venue in a public space".
The Manchester Arena, opened in 1995, can hold up to 21,000 spectators; it was not clear how many people were in the crowd for the concert.
"I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic", she said.
Emergency services like ambulances are facing a busy night.
Multiple U.S. officials briefed on the investigation told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side, opposite the Manchester Victoria transit station, which is part of the greater arena complex.
She said: "I just freaked". "Everyone was running and screaming". We got up when we thought it was safe and got out as quickly as possible.