Manchester Arena attack: What we know so far

Olive Rios
May 23, 2017

National elections are scheduled in Britain for June 8.

A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building.

Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester metro mayor, called the atrocity "an evil act".

Grande, who starred in the Broadway musical 13 and on the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious before releasing her solo debut album, is credited with having an exceptionally broad vocal range for a pop star.

While acknowledging the intention behind such offers, some on Twitter warned teens to be cautious about going into random people's homes and to stay in a group.

Condolences poured in from world leaders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced her "sorrow and horror" over Monday's attack.

He told parliament: "This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers".

Grande has five dates scheduled in Australia in September.

Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "Broken".

"She was at the concert, she'd just seen the support act and said she was having an fantastic time and thanking me for letting her go".

At the end of its statement, the ministry stressed the UAE's support for the British government in the face of terrorism, and expressed its honest condolences and solace to the British Government, people, and families of the victims of the criminal incident. "We are leading the fight against terrorism together".

In a statement, the United States Department of Homeland Security said it was "monitoring the situation" and advised Americans in the area to "heed direction from local authorities and maintain security awareness".

Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 10:33 the arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people, where the singer had been performing to an audience that included many children. "A lot of glass shattered on him".

The management of the Manchester Arena issued a statement, saying the incident happened outside the facility.

Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Police have directed people to use access gate 11. Patients were taken to Salford Royal, Manchester Royal Infirmary, North Manchester General Hospital, St. Mary's Royal Oldham Hospital, and two other facilities that were not identified.

Meanwhile Grande's management team, Scooter Braun Projects, said they had been left heartbroken by the incident and praised the actions of Manchester's emergency services. He has been named as Salman Abedi, a 23-year-old who was "known" to police.

The Dangerous Woman Tour is the third concert tour by Grande and supports her third studio album, "Dangerous Woman".

She said: "I'm shaking".

Ms Campbell said social media had been "wonderful" and thanked those who were helping with the search. One hotel is reported to have taken in 50 children who had become separated from their parents or carers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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