Manchester United and Manchester City release statements on Ariana Grande concert tragedy

"In light of what's happened I have suspended the Ukip General Election campaign". Her ruling Conservative Party was preparing to suspend campaigning ahead of the election due to the suspected attack.

Grande, who had just finished the first of three scheduled United Kingdom performances when the blast hit, was not injured, a team member confirmed.

Speaking by telephone to Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Ms Campbell said she had called her daughter, who attended the concert with her best friend, at 8.30pm on Monday.

In the aftermath, a "broken" Ariana spoke out about the attack, tweeting: "From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the explosion as a "barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society".

Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. Investigations are on to establish if he was part of a network. "We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity".

Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear.

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center.

A terrorism analyst from the Search International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group said that the Islamic State has celebrated the attack on social media.

A 23-year-old has been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the incident.

Greater Manchester Police chief Ian Hopkins said Tuesday that there were children among the 22 dead, while 59 people were also injured.

"I have just chaired an emergency meeting of COBRA.our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and families of those affected". Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images Emergency services at the scene.

The city's regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of Twitter users who circulated the MissinginManchester hashtag, used by people looking for family members and friends.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English said his thoughts are "with the people of Manchester" following the tragedy.

Accepting his formal negotiating mandate from European Union governments just on Monday, Barnier had underlined a determination to maintain close security cooperation with Britain, which has one of Europe's most powerful intelligence services and long experience of combating domestic political violence.

Charlotte Campbell told CNN that her 15-year-old daughter Olivia had not been in contact since the explosion. "We've tried everything we can".

Eyewitnesses said the explosion was heard outside the auditorium after the artiste had finished her show and left the stage.

'I'm waiting for a phonecall back from police with an update and she's not at any of the hotels where children are supposed to be at the moment'.

"Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack".

Musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry all offered supportive tweets.

Sheikh Khalifa expressed his honest condolences to the Queen, her government, and families of the victims of the attack.

One eye witness said she heard a "massive bang" and saw a "stampede" of people sprint out of the venue with one girl shouting "I don't know where my sister is".

  • Leroy Wright