UK's May says police believe they know identity of Manchester attacker

"All I can assure everybody is with the great security team we've got here within GOLDOC, that's been here since we won the bid, the Queensland police and the Australian Federal Police, everything that can possibly be done will be done", he said.

Update: Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester, with regards to last night's incident.

"Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives".

"Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones". A CNN journalist saw a heavy armed police presence in parts of the city, particularly outside the Royal Infirmary Hospital where several victims are being treated.

She says police and security staff believe they know identity of attacker but won't reveal it now.

"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack", May said. "I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said 'where is your mum and daddy?' She said 'my dad is at work, my mum is up there"'.

Maltese nationals were present at the Manchester Arena at the time of the explosion yesterday, but there are no reports of Maltese citizens being injured as a result in the attack, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reiterated his morning.

The suicide bomber blew himself up just after Ariana Grande wrapped up her concert.

Videos and tweets claiming to be from an Islamic State soldiers taking responsibility for the attack hit Twitter soon after the attack.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night's horrific attack in Manchester".

The 48-year-old, who lives 40 miles east of Manchester in West Dalton, told Reuters she "ran out" of the area seconds after the explosion and "got the teens to run" with her. She said authorities were trying to determine if he had an accomplice.

Olivia is 15. Her mother, Charlotte, told British media that her daughter is not answering her phone. "I just pray for her family".

If the explosion is confirmed as a terrorist attack it would be the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on three subway trains and a bus in July 2005.

Mr Parker, who has slept rough in the city for about a year, said he also tended to a woman aged in her 60s who was badly hurt from the bombing with serious leg and head injuries.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have said they are suspending their election campaigning ahead of the June 8 vote.

  • Zachary Reyes