Ariana Grande Concert Hit By Explosion, Fatalities Confirmed

The bombing took place at the end of the concert when the audience was streaming toward the exits of the Manchester Arena, one of the largest indoor concert venues in the world.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage, but the top American intelligence official said Tuesday that the claim could not be verified.

The first victim of the suicide terror bombing at an Ariana Grande show in England has been identified as an 18-year-old super-fan of the pop star.

"Nobody ever has a bad word to say about them, so we're all a bit anxious".

"We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage", May said. She's so badly shook up.

Police said the attack was likely carried out by one man who died in the explosion.

"It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack - an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation", May said outside her London office at 10 Downing Street. A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in south Manchester in connection with the bombing.

Nineteen people have died after a blast tore through a pop concert at Manchester Arena in a suspected terror attack, police have said. Law enforcement is now looking at whether the bomber acted on his own or was part of a greater terrorist cell network.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is ready to bolster anti-terrorism co-operation with Britain in a statement to May.

A victim of the atrocity has been named as Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old fan who met USA singer Ms Grande two years ago.

Her mother Lisa Roussos is now in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Relatives of other concert-goers are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones, and an emergency number - 0800 096 0095 - has been set up.

British police officers stand on duty in central London, May 23, 2017.

Correspondents at the scene said most attendees were girls and young women, between the ages of nine and 23.

The attack is the deadliest terrorist strike in the United Kingdom since suicide bombings hit London's Underground train stations in July 2005.

"I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night".

At least 22 have been confirmed dead and 59 injured as of 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday. Like Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, May suspended campaigning for the June general election in the wake of the attack. Some of the dead were children, they said.

"It's just instinct to go and help, if someone needed your help and it was children and it was a lot of children with blood all over them, and crying and screaming".

The Queen has issued a statement in the blast aftermath, thanking emergency service members for their dedication.

At the time of the blast Chris Parker, 33, was in the foyer area of the venue where he regularly goes to beg for money as concert crowds head home.

"I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this awful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured".

"My wife and I were so profoundly shocked to learn of the truly terrible event which took place in Manchester last night", he said in a statement. Trump called the person or people who carried out the attack "evil losers".

US President Donald Trump slams attackers as "losers". News of Saffie's death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.

He says this "wicked ideology must be obliterated".

Witnesses reported hearing a "huge bang" at the venue shortly after U.S. singer's gig finished on Monday evening. "And if it was even possible, the spirit of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening".

  • Leroy Wright