British Police Confirm Deaths After Reported Explosion At Manchester Arena Concert
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 17:08
A total of 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 others injured in a suicide terror attack at Manchester Arena Monday night, police announced on Tuesday.
The blast occurred at the Manchester Arena at 10.35 p.m. local time on May 22 shortly after a concert of US pop singer Ariana Grande.
One witness said Grande had just finished her final song and said "Thank you, Manchester", before leaving the stage.
The entertainment world has come together on social media to offer their sympathies to those caught up in the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.
Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear.
Friends of fans known to be at the Manchester concert who were unaccounted for after the blast shared photos of them.
Manchester police said about 400 officers are working on the investigation, and they're being aided by national counterterrorism experts.
Initial reports from the scene relayed to USA officials note that a number of the casualties may be from a stampede that occurred after the incident, NBC News reported.
Performers from around the world have begun reacting to news of a deadly explosion at Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena in the UK.
"It clearly bears the hallmark of Daesh (Islamic State)", said former French intelligence agent Claude Moniquet, now a Brussels-based security consultant, "because Ariana Grande is a young singer who attracts a very young audience, teenagers. Thoughts are with all those affected".
A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. "We are grieving today but we are strong", he said.
"She was at the concert, she'd just seen the support act and said she was having an awesome time and thanking me for letting her go".
President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the victims, who he described as "innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers".
Police have confirmed that the incident, which is being treated as a terrorist attack, left 22 dead and more than 50 injured.
"Ariana is OK. We are further investigating what happened", he said.
Grande's role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon's high school sitcom "Victorious" propelled her to teen idol status, starting in 2010.
Her current "The Dangerous Woman Tour" is in support of her third studio album, "Dangerous Woman", which released past year on May 20.
But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there.
After Manchester, Grande was due to perform in London on Thursday and Friday, and later at venues in Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, with concerts in Latin America and Asia to follow.
Police believe the blast was carried out by one man and are trying to find out whether he was acting alone. It's a sad day for the great city of Manchester.
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