At least nineteen concert-goers were killed and 50 injured on Monday night in what is being treated as a terror attack when an explosion hit the Manchester Arena venue of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande.
Witnesses described hearing a huge bang shortly after 10.30pm at the entrance to the Arena as thousands of people made their way out of the arena.
Ariana Grande has said she is “broken” but not hurt following the suspected terrorist attack at her Manchester Arena concert, adding: “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Grande’s music label, Universal Media Group said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight’s devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”
Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, suspended her General Election campaign in the wake of the apparent terror attack and there will be an emergency Cobra meeting at 9am this morning.
If it is confirmed as a terror attack, it would be the worst to hit Britain since the July 7 2005 suicide bomb attacks in central London in which 52 people were killed.
Meanwhile, families and friends of those still missing have taken to social media to post pictures of their loved ones, asking for help in locating them. The police have also shared emergency helplines.
— Sunny Chakrabortty (@BeingSunny8) May 23, 2017
This is so heartbreaking…our prayers go out to the families at this difficult time.