UPDATE: At least 20 dead.
Witnesses reported hearing a “massive bang” before people fled the scene screaming.
Ariana Grande was performing at the time. Witnesses reported the sound of two blasts.
Andy Holy, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead. (ABC News)
The story is still developing, Manchester is a heavily populated Muslim area in the UK. There have been scores of terror-related arrests there.
Who goes to Ariana Grande concerts? Young girls and gays.
POLICE have confirmed that people have died and been injured after “explosions” at Manchester Arena sent thousands of terrified concertgoers fleeing an Ariana Grande concert.
British Transport Police have confirmed the explosion was in the foyer area of the stadium at about 10.30pm adding that emergency services are working to esctablish the cause.
The Daily Caller:
A suicide bomber was responsible for Monday night’s explosion at U.K.’s Manchester Arena, according to an NBC News report.
The unknown attacker reportedly carried a bomb in a backpack and may have set it off by the venue’s box office as attendees began to stream out of an Ariana Grande concert that night. Two explosions occurred containing nails, according to a CBS report. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of the writing of this article.
The BBC has confirmed that Britain’s North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating the incident as a “possible terrorist incident.” Senior counter-terrorism leaders are gathering in London to meet with the U.K.’s Home Office, according to the report.
Eyewitness Andy just said to BBC News he saw "about 20 to 30 bodies that looked dead" nearby. Added that they were kids. #Manchester
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) May 22, 2017
Manchester Arena: police confirm ‘there are a number of fatalities’ after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert
- Reports of ‘explosions’ at Manchester Arena
- Police: ‘There are a number of confirmed fatalities’
- Police ‘responding to serious incident’
- Police warn people to stay away from area
- Emergency services rush to scene
- Panic as concert-goers flee the arena
- Ariana Grande was performing at Manchester Arena
- Singer ‘Okay’ following the incident
‘It was a huge explosion’
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.
“It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.”
‘Disruption is expected to continue until end of the day’
Manchester’s Victoria station, which backs onto the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled. National Rail said in an online statement: “Emergency services are dealing with an incident at Manchester Arena. As Manchester Victoria is located near the arena, the station has been evacuated and all lines closed.
“Trains are currently unable to run to / from Manchester Victoria. Some trains will be cancelled throughout or start / terminate at alternative stations. Disruption is expected to continue until end of the day.”
‘I think what the injuries have come from is people trying to get out as quickly as possible’
Eyewitness Josh Elliot told the BBC he had seen a “guy covered in blood”.
He said: “There was also a woman outside who looked like she had been hurt, she was on the floor.”
He added: “I think what the injuries have come from is people trying to get out as quickly as possible.”
He said that “massive” balloons had come down into the arena during one of Grande’s songs.
“My initial reaction was for me and my friends to get on the floor,” he said. “I thought it was probably just a balloon, but at the same time in situations like this you just don’t know what it is and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
‘Reports of blood and people injured’
Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister.
He told PA: “I was in the toilet and heard a loud bang just after the concert had finished and people had started to leave.
“The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.
“I seen people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way.
“Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.
“Reports of blood and people injured.”
He added: “In so much shock and panic. You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you. I just had to run and make sure me and my sister were safe.”
‘Everyone was running away in big crowds’
Suzy Mitchell, 26, whose flat is opposite the venue, reported a huge bang rocking the neighbourhood. She told the Press Association: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
“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. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.”
‘A huge bomb-like bang went off’
One fan at the concert described how the explosion hit the venue as fans were leaving the building. Majid Khan, 22, said: “I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10,45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”
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