Manchester Arena attack

Time: 2017-05-23
A suspected terror attack hit a pop concert in Manchester on Monday evening, with many dead and dozens injured. Here is what we know so far:

Police have confirmed that at least 19 people were killed in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Officers said that a further 50 people were injured amid reports of at least one explosion that hit the venue as the concert was finishing.

The blast was reported to have hit the foyer of the building at about 10:30pm, British Transport police said.

Manchester Arena said the incident took place “outside the venue in a public space”.

Multiple witnesses said they heard an explosion, with one telling the Guardian the blast shook the whole building, before “everyone screamed and tried to get out”.

Large areas around the arena have been sealed off and Victoria Station has been closed and is expected to be closed throughout Tuesday.

Greater Manchester Police have carried out a “controlled explosion’’ in the Cathedral Gardens area but the item destroyed was not suspicious.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said her thoughts are with the victims and 
families of those affected in “what is being treated by the police as an 
appalling terrorist attack”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron have expressed their sympathies for the victims.

Around 21,000 people are reported to have been at the concert at the time of the explosion.

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