At least 22 people, including children have been killed, and 59 injured in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena after the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert.
The bombing during a crowded pop concern in Greater Manchester is the mostly deadly attack in Britain in over a decade. The blast took place in the foyer as the US singer’s fans were leaving the concert at 22.35 BST on Monday evening.
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The attack had people fleeing in their hundreds in fear, leaving carnage inside the arena whilst emergency services rushed to the scene. Sixty amulances attended the incident, with the injured being treated at eight hospitals across the city.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
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Greater Manchester police have said the attack came from a lone male who died immediately in the blast after he detonated an improvised explosive device. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said it was ‘the most horrific incident’ Greater Manchester had ever faced.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May chaired the government’s crisis committee Cobra this morning at 9am and has said, “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
With less than three week’s before Britain’s general election on 8th June, all parties have suspended campaigning.
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People are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones, and an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, this morning said: “This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims who have been affected.”
Witnesses in and around the area described the event. After the final song, the house lights came up and people began to filter out of the auditorium, when a loud bang was heard followed by screaming. Majid Khan, 22, said: “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.”
Following these events, the terrorist threat level across Britain is at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. Consequently, security is being reviewed for further major venues across the country. Sadiq Khan, the London mayor has confirmed there will be a greater police presence across the capital today following the ‘barbaric and sickening attack’.
Across the world there have been responses and expressions of solidarity. The department of US Homeland Security have said “The public may experience increased security in and around public places and events as officials take additional precautions.”
The newly elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, said, “all the compassion and care of France which is at their side in mourning, with a particular thought for the victims and their families”. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, expressed her “sorrow and horror”.
I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. pic.twitter.com/QoCXH8qPYW
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 23, 2017
My deepest condolences to the victims and families in Manchester. As always our emergency services have shown great bravery and heroism.
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) May 22, 2017
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More to follow.