A lone suicide bomber has carried out the terror attack that killed 22 people and injured 59 people during US singer, Ariana Grande Manchester Arena concert.
Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins has confirmed that children are among those who died.
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The blast which occurred just as the show was wrapping up caused panic at the city’s largest indoor venue – with around 21,000 capacity crowd, sending the mostly adolescent audience into panic.
Footage from inside the venue showed fans running and screaming after the explosion, which happened at about 10.35pm last night.
Suzy Mitchell, 26, who lives near the venue told the Press Association that the bang shook the neighbourhood.
“The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks. Currently lots of emergency services going to and from,” she said.
Grande – a 23-year-old American TV teen actress-turned-pop star – has a strong following among teenage girls and children.
The pop star tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
The singer has also suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Prime minister, Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee at around 09:00am.
UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd described the attack as “a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable”.
Police has advised people to be vigilant and stay away from the Manchester Arena area.