Ariana Grande suspends tour after explosion at Manchester show
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 17:58
The force's chief constable, Ian Hopkins, said Tuesday they believe one person carried out the attack.
Majid Khan, 22, said: "I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena".
After the show finished witnesses described glass and metal nuts being found on the floor.
"Please avoid the area as first-responders work tirelessly at the scene", the police said.
He added gardaí are in touch with their counterparts in the United Kingdom and said he would speak to the Garda Commissioner later this morning about current security arrangements in Ireland.
The injured are being treated at hospitals across Greater Manchester, and a hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for.
Train services to and from Manchester Victoria Station - located under the Arena - were cancelled.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said: "This was a shocking and horrendous attack on children and young people enjoying a concert".
Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating the deadly incident as a terrorist attack and if confirmed it would rank as the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.
Gary Walker, from Leeds, was with his wife in the foyer waiting to pick up his two daughters who were at the concert.
"We heard the last song go and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke. I felt a pain in my foot and my leg", Mr Walker said. My wife said, "I need to lie down". I lay her down, she'd got a stomach wound and possibly a broken leg. "I got the teens to run with me".
One witness told how the man was detained by between six and eight plain-clothes officers in Chorlton. She has sold more than 1.7 million albums in recent years.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, UNILAD spoke to a number of fans who were there at the time of the reported explosion.
She is believed to have axed her gigs in London later this week, and put her entire European tour on hold, according to TMZ. Everyone was running and crying.
"It was just when we were leaving. It was absolutely terrifying".
The blast at singer Ariana Grande's concert in the northern English city of Manchester has left the world in a state of shock.
In Japan, a government spokesman said: "If this is a terrorist attack, such abhorrent acts of terrorism can not be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism". While Pakistani national and Manchester resident Abid Naseer was convicted of a plot to bomb the city's central Arndale shopping center in 2015.
The police also executed a controlled explosion on an unidentified object at Cathedral Garden, near the Arena and just few yards from historic Manchester Cathedral.
Singer Katy Perry tweeted, "Praying for everyone at Ariana Grande's show".
A lone bomber detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night.
The incident sparked a nightlong search for loved ones as frantic parents tried to locate their teenage children, and groups of friends scattered by the explosion sought to find one another.
The US Department of Homeland Security insisted they are closely monitoring developments in regards to the inquiry as to what caused the explosion.