Manchester concert explosions treated as a 'terrorist incident'

Marco Green
May 23, 2017

A lone bomber detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by United States pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night. He said there were children among the dead, and many more among the injured.

She said: "We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately".

Hopkins said police are working with national counterterrorism experts to investigate the explosion. The blast, "what sounded like gunshots: 'bang, bang, '" came just as Grande left the stage: "It was nearly like they waited for her to go", the mother said.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who is chairing a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra team this morning, said her "thoughts and prayers" were with the victims of the "appalling" attack.

Mr Parker, who was intending to ask concert-goers for money as they headed home, also went to help a woman who had serious leg and head injuries. Police have publicized a hotline number for families to call if they can't reach someone who was there.

The management of the Manchester Arena issued a statement, saying the incident happened outside the facility. Incredible music - Oasis and Joy Division.

"However, the public may experience increased security in and around public places and events as officials take additional precautions", the statement said.

Representatives for Grande have said she is physically okay following the blast, but TMZ has reported the singer will be cancelling the remainder of her tour.

Emergency services arrive close to the Manchester Arena after the explosion.

The PM said: "It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation".

One witness told how the man was detained by between six and eight plain-clothes officers in Chorlton.

In statement released on their club website, United said: "Everyone at Manchester United is deeply shocked by last night's awful events at the Manchester Arena". "It was was horrific". "It really hits you... crying this morning, still trying to get in contact with everybody that we haven't, it's been bad". "As we came outside to Victoria Station there were just people all over the floor covered in blood. Police cars were everywhere". We will update as the situation develops. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong.

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