UK PM May says threat level raised to "critical" after Manchester attack

At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out during USA singer Ariana Grande's concert in the English city of Manchester on Monday evening.

The attacker set off his improvised bomb as crowds streamed out of the Manchester Arena after a pop concert by Ariana Grande, a USA singer especially popular with teenage girls.

"But this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives". From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.

"The work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack", she said.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the Manchester explosion was a "barbaric" attack on some of the "most vulnerable in our society".

The outgoing Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by the atrocity in Manchester".

19 dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

"As Police and Crime Commissioner, I know from my job that we are blessed to have fearless, prepared and professional emergency services visibly responding".

A Tory source said the Prime Minister's General Election campaign was being suspended.

She will chair another COBRA meeting on Tuesday.

Security has been ramped up across the county in response to last night's terror attack in Manchester.

Now Greater Manchester Police are asking concert-goers to help the investigation into the horrific terror incident by submitting any images or videos they have of the blast to the police image appeal website.

"The security and intelligence services are dedicated to keeping people safe and communities can be confident that, together with our partners, eastern forces are continually working hard to safeguard the public".

"My officers are there to reassure concerned members of the public and we'd ask people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour by calling the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 123".

Announcing the suspension of campaigning by the Green Party - including the planned launch of the Welsh Green manifesto - co-leader Jonathan Bartley said: "Our thoughts are with those affected by this appalling incident in Manchester".

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