Manchester police confirm 22 fatalities after blast

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Last Update: 10:55
Twenty-two people have been killed and dozens injured following an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist incident carried out by one man using an IED.Police in Manchester on Tuesday confirmed 22 people were killed after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert with more than 50 others injured. Police have said they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

- British politicians suspend election campaign after Manchester bomb Hundreds of people were seen fleeing Manchester Arena following two large bangs. Video posted on Twitter showed fans streaming out of the venue. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said police believed the incident was carried out by one man. The attacker died at the arena in an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device, Hopkins said. While Hopkins did not give an age range of the victims, he confirmed children were among the dead. H

e urged members of the public to remain alert and report any suspicious activities to police. The BBC reported that senior counterterrorism officers were assembled and were seen liaising with the Home Office in London. Unconfirmed footage from a car dashboard camera posted on Twitter showed a flash of light following a loud bang at the arena. Train lines out of nearby Victoria Station were blocked following the incident, authorities said. Eyewitness reports Concert attendee Majid Khan, 22, told The Guardian newspaper a bomb-like bang went off as people were exiting the 18,000-capacity venue, leading to a mass panic.

"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," he was quoted as saying. Eyewitness Sasina Akhtar told Manchester Evening News there was an explosion at the back of the arena as Grande performed her final song. "We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke."

"We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming," concertgoer 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." Hospitals expect mass casualties Ambulances streamed to the scene as the regional NHS Trust said they were responding to the incident. The BBC has reported that people were being treated for "shrapnel-like injuries." The Manchester Evening News reported that staff at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester told people without life-threatening injuries to leave the emergency room.

"Anybody who is not serious, can you please leave and get treatment elsewhere as there have been reports of an explosion in Manchester, we’re expecting mass casualties," a nurse reportedly said. Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins said six hospitals were treating the victims. "We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident unless we get further information."

The NHS reported ambulances had taken 59 patients to hospitals and had treated a number of walking wounded. Grande ΄OK΄ A spokesman for Ariana Grande said the singer was "OK" and that they were investigating what had happened. The US singer has wide appeal among a young audience, after finding success on the children΄s TV channel Nickelodeon. Early Tuesday morning, Grande spoke of her sorrow on Twitter. Local residents have offered their homes up to people affected by the incident using the hashtag #RoomForManchester. Facebook has activated its safety check feature for people in the area. Manchester police have set up an emergency number for those involved in the blast.

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