Attack on Manchester Arena leaves at least 19 dead
MANCHESTER, U.K. — At least 19 people are dead and over 50 more people are injured in an explosion after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester Police say the incident is being treated as terrorism until they know otherwise.
Police said the explosion happened outside of the Manchester Arena as the concert ended around 10:35 p.m. local time, catching people as they left the show.
Ariana Grande had wrapped up her performance when witnesses say large blasts rocked the area near the arena box office. The pop star was already off the stage as panicked concertgoers began running for their lives.
“We all got up to leave. We all went down the stairs into the outer part and there was just this huge bang. Everyone just looked at each other and there was this mad rush to get out,” one concertgoer said.
Cell phone video captured the terrifying moments as concertgoers, many of them teenage girls, are heard screaming.
“My thoughts are very much with those that are injured or lost and their loved ones at this terrible time,” Chief Constable Ian Hopkins with Greater Manchester Police said.
Nearby train stations are closed. Police have locked down the area as they try to figure out who is responsible for the mayhem.
In a tweet, Ariana Grande responded to the incident. “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,” she tweeted.
Many people are still shaken up while others, still searching for loved ones, are devastated.
“It’s the most horrible feeling ever to know your daughter’s out there and you can’t find her. You don’t know if she’s dead or alive. I don’t know how people can do this to innocent children,” Charlotte Campbell, whose daughter is missing from the concert, said.
Here at home, DHS and the FBI are monitoring the situation in Manchester. They say they will provide any assistance to U.K. authorities if needed. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said there are no indications of a specific, credible threat involving music venues in the U.S. at this point.
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