British Police Confirm 19 People Dead After Reported Explosion At Manchester Arena

Angie Massey
May 23, 2017

The Greater Manchester Police issued a statement said that they were treating it as a terrorist incident until "they know otherwise".

Ambulances and bomb disposal teams rushed to the venue, as anxious family members searched for their loved ones and residents opened their doors to stranded concert-goers after trains were cancelled.

Emergency services rushed to Manchester Arena after an "explosion" killed several people attending an Ariana Grande gig. "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers".

Manchester Arena said the explosion happened "outside the venue in a public space".

"The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena".

One Twitter user said she heard "explosions" from inside the area. They believe he was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated.

"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack", May said in a statement.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and has a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website.

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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 vehicle rides to those left stranded.

Concert-goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena in northern England where United States singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester, Britain, May 22, 2017.

"We are now treating this as a terrorist incident until we have further information", he said.

The incident caused transport chaos, with traffic jams outside the venue. "All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected". Police said the incident started at 10:35 Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert. Emergency vehicles were on the scene helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue. "Anyone seen my daughter Olivia Campbell", she wrote.

"She was going to go down to Victoria Station and get the tram with her friends, and then get picked up by a friend's parent, and then dropped home".

More than 240 calls were made to the emergency services, with responders including 60 ambulances flooding the area.

Grande was due to play the first of two nights in London's O2 Arena on Thursday before visiting Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy.

The 23-year-old U.S. pop singer, who found fame as the child star of Nickelodeon series Victorious, was touring the world when tragedy struck on Monday night at what is one of Europe's largest indoor venues.

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