At least 22 people have been killed and a further 59 injured in an explosion that went off during Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena. Police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack. Children and teenagers are feared to be among the victims due to the pop star’s young fan demographic.
Video taken at the scene shows thousands desperately fleeing the arena after an explosion in the venue’s foyer shortly after 10.30pm on Monday night. Eyewitnesses outside the arena say a loud blast was heard after Grande had finished her set and left the stage. There are unconfirmed reports via Reuters that US intelligent sources believe the incident may have been the work of a suicide bomber.
Concert goer Majid Khan told the UK's Guardian: “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.”
Ariana Grande, who was not hurt in the explosion, took to Twitter shortly after the incident to express her distress. “Broken,” she wrote. “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
This story is still developing. We will post updates as news is made available.