City of Manchester mobilises amid the chaos following last night's terror attack

Marco Green
May 23, 2017

Monday night's blast at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena took place shortly before 10.35 p.m. (2135GMT) local time.

A statement from Manchester City read: "The thoughts and prayers of our ownership, Board and everyone at Manchester City are with the people of Manchester and all those affected following the horrifying events of last night's Manchester Arena attack".

"Police have executed warrants, one in Whalley Range, and one in Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place, as part of the investigation into last night's horrific attack at the Manchester arena", police said in a brief statement. More than 400 officers were deployed.

"She's just petrified that whoever did this will come to the house or go to her school", said Coral Long about her daughter. "We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity", police later said. "Only heard one. People started screaming and going to the other side of the arena".

Paula Robinson (48) from West Dalton said she was at the train station next to the arena with her husband when she felt the explosion and saw dozens of teenage girls screaming and running away from arena.

Police are trying to piece together what exactly happened following the Manchester Arena bombing, with a number children among the victims, at the end of a Ariana Grande concert.

Speaking outside Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Mrs May said that police and security services believed they knew the identify of the bomber, who died alongside his victims.

More than 50 kids were taken to a nearby Holiday Inn so they could be kept safe after the attack that left 22 dead and 50 others injured. He is hospitalized but Olivia is missing, the mother told ITV television's Good Morning Britain breakfast show.

Daesh claimed responsibility on Tuesday. Supporters of the extremist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq's Mosul and around its de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa, celebrated the blast online.

A lone attacker blew himself up at a pop concert filled with teenagers and their parents killing 22 people in an apparent effort to harm as many young people as possible in the English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday, describing it as a terror attack.

"This wicked ideology must be obliterated".

The 23-year-old Grande, true to her youthful fan base, is a social media phenomenon with 105 million followers on Instagram and 45.6 million followers on Twitter.

She said her phone had not stopped ringing since her tweet. "This was a concert attended by mostly youth and children and is a ghastly reminder that terrorism sees all of us as potential targets, regardless of age, religion, nationality or background". He gave no new details about the attack.

Manchester, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of London, was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center. At least 12 children under the age of 16 were among the 59 injured, a United Kingdom ambulance official said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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