Ariana Grande heartbroken after Manchester Arena explosion
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 11:36
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the situation in Manchester closely but said it had no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States.
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena Manchester Arena said in a statement that the explosion took place outside the venue, suggesting any perpetrator did not enter the building.
In Turkey, 39 people died when a gunman attacked New Year's revelers at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.
The government is urging USA citizens in Manchester to heed directions from local authorities and be vigilant about their security.
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "appalling terrorist attack" and suspended her campaign ahead of a general election on June 8.
The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging, but I am proud of the police and first responders who reacted to this tragic incident so swiftly.
People are seen helping an injured man near Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert.
Ellie Goulding, Cher (fresh from a big night at the Billboard Awards) and Katy Perry were among others to tweet their support. "What I said in a private moment. was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words".
Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena in England just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday.
Children are feared to be among those killed and wounded in the blast at the Manchester Arena which police are treating as a "terrorist incident".
Ambulances and bomb disposal teams rushed to the venue, as anxious family members searched for their loved ones and residents opened their doors to stranded concert-goers after trains were cancelled.
Ariana has postponed the remainder of her tour.
A representative for Grande said the pop singer was "okay". Tim Farron, a member of British Parliament, released a statement referring to the incident as "an attack on innocent people", but again, this claim has not been confirmed by police or any other authorities. The nearby Manchester Victoria train station has been evacuated, according to the Telegraph, and all upcoming trains cancelled.
Footage posted on social media showed people fleeing the 21,000-capacity venue screaming and panicking, and the area around the arena was soon swamped with police and emergency services.