A dramatic explosion rocked Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert Monday night, and the British police reveal that 22 people have been killed and 59 others injured. Preliminary reports indicate that the possible cause for the explosion was a suicide bombing.
The concert was attended by more than 20,000 people, most of them teenagers, informs BBC.
According to witness accounts, there was a really big explosion and smoke invaded the main corridor outside the arena seating and stage area. There was a lot of confusion and everybody started screaming and running.
Police tweeted that emergency services were “responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available.” They later tweeted that a “casualty bureau” was being set up at the arena site.
A statement from Manchester Arena says the incident took place outside the venue – earlier reports had suggested it happened in the foyer. It’s very common for details to be conflicting in the immediate aftermath of an incident like this; we will confirm as soon as we can.
The statement reads:
“We can confirm there was an incident as people were leaving the Ariana Grande show last night. The incident took place outside the venue in a public space. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.”
Greater Manchester police have confirmed that 19 people have died and around 50 are injured:
“Just before 10.35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured. This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
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Ariana Grande concert explosion: Moment of reported blast at Manchester Arena can be heard in this dashcam video
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