Manchester Bombing: Theresa May Condemns 'Sickening Cowardice' Of Attack

Marco Green
May 23, 2017

The incident is still being investigated. Quite a bit is still unknown about the reported explosions, but Manchester police have announced that they're treating it as a terrorist attack until they have reason to believe otherwise. Stars like Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and more have reacted with words of hope for those who attended the concert.

The full statement from Chief constable Hopkins is below. He provided no information about the individual who detonated the device.

The injured are being treated at hospitals across Greater Manchester, and a hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for. She broke her silence over the attack after police confirmed the number of deaths and injuries.

In a statement, the Manchester Arena said the explosion occurred outside the arena.

"Avoid the area." Social media accounts say a couple loud bangs were heard at the arena where singer Ariana Grande was performing. It was really scary" Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) May 23, 2017 "It was a huge explosion - you could feel it in your chest.

"There were people pushing up the stairs, people obviously running, climbing over the chairs" trying to evacuate the concert, a witness told Britain's Sky News. "There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming crying and pushing". He added that he was "aware of presence of Malta nationals", although he was "not informed of any casualties among them so far".

Gary Walker told BBC Radio 5 Live he was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife sustained a stomach wound as they waited for their daughters to come out of the concert.

"Thank god she got in touch with us through her friend's phone on messenger and it was an unbelievable relief to hear her voice".

Police are responding to an incident at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., where reports are that an explosion caused a stampede of fans to exits.

Concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, said "a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena". Emergency services are on the scene of the incident.

Shaken and bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by emergency services outside the concert while armed police patrolled the arena.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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