Children among dead in United Kingdom bomb attack
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 21:09
Immediately after Monday night's incident, with train services temporarily halted, and traffic in the city at a standstill, the hashtag #RoomForManchester began trending on Twitter, as hundreds of local people took to the social media platform with offers of spare beds and auto rides to those left stranded.
The hashtag #RoomForManchester began trending, with people offering their couches, spare rooms and cups of tea for those who were stranded after the huge explosion.
All three of the country's leading political parties have suspended campaigning for the upcoming general election on June 8.
European leaders also expressed their condolences for the victims and their families. It makes me so angry and it breaks my heart that such a young and promising life has been stolen away! She said police had been informed but "obviously are swamped with calls".
A representative for Grande said she is also safe. More than 400 officers were deployed.
Fox News reports that the arena held more than 20,000 people and was "jam-packed" at the time of the incident.
The teenager's friends paid tribute to her, describing her as a "beautiful girl with the kindest heart and soul", someone who "lit up the room" and "a ray of sunshine". "It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit".
"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill". "A gentleman said 'run!' so we ran".
Madison added, "I remember going out and then hearing a loud bang and then everyone running".
Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency meeting with intelligence chiefs on the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.
On social media, people shared videos of people rushing from the arena and ambulances arriving.
Witnesses reported being near the arena's ticket machines and merchandise stores, as chaos ensued inside the concert hall.
Local authorities are encouraging people with concerns or information to report them to an anti-terrorist hotline.
Grande's role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon's high school sitcom "Victorious" propelled her to teen idol status, starting in 2010.
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.
In 1996, less than a mile from the Manchester Arena, the site of Monday night's explosion, the IRA detonated a powerful truck-bomb - their largest ever on the British mainland - injuring hundreds and ripping apart the city center, causing millions of dollars in damage.
"I'm deeply saddened to hear that this sweet, and handsome lady, Georgina, who I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to for awhile, only a couple of weeks ago at #SBUK3 was one of the innocent victims in tonight's atrocity in Manchester.", she wrote.