Guardiola's family unharmed in Manchester bombing

Lawrence Kim
May 24, 2017

At least 22 people, including children, died in a suicide bombing at a pop concert packed with teens in the British city of Manchester late Monday.

Greater Manchester Police in England confirmed that there have been 19 fatalities from an explosion at Manchester Arena Monday evening.

Georgina Callander, 18, was the first victim to be named after her school, the Runshaw College Sixth Form Center in Lancashire, confirmed the news on its Facebook Page.

Witnesses said the blast scattered bolts and other bits of metal, apparently meant to maximize injuries and deaths.

But at 10.30 pm a man calmly walked into the foyer, when he knew people would be leaving the concert, where he knew they would be buying merchandise from the stalls, and he detonated a suicide vest.

The last song was over and the young, happy crowd was beginning to file out of the arena.

"It felt like an eternity", Harries said, but it "couldn't have been more than two, three minutes from in our seats to outside of the arena".

Kids and teenagers were everywhere, meeting parents and making their way out of the building.

Witnesses painted a terrifying picture of a fun night out, turned into chaos and then tragedy.

"Immediately when I saw her, it was like she was born again", Heyward said. "It was just a race to get out really", said 14-year-old Charlotte Fairclough, who got tickets as a Christmas present. "There was a big bang, smell of smoke, everyone was screaming and crying".

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"The police and emergency services have as always acted with great courage and on behalf of the country I want to express our gratitude to them - they acted in accordance with the plans they have in place and the exercises they conduct to test those plans and they performed with the utmost professionalism", the Prime Minister added.

The bomb was created to kill and maim; numerous survivors suffered shrapnel wounds.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has postponed the launch of its election manifesto, which was due today, and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the news was "heartbreaking" and her thoughts were with the victims of the "barbaric" attack.

She also repeated an earlier police statement which said that the attacker had carried out the attack alone.

Fans, many clutching pink plastic balloons, scrambled in panic for exits of the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena.

The UK's Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, were blocked. "You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody". "It really hits you... crying this morning, still trying to get in contact with everybody that we haven't, it's been very bad". At least 22 people have died, and 59 others were wounded.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was working to establish "the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack".

Armed police stand guard at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, May 22, 2017.

Derek Cartwright, chief executive of North West Ambulance Service, Derek Cartwright said: 'The service is devastated by the attack in Manchester last night.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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