General election campaign suspended after Manchester attack

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2017

"A few seconds later there was a massive stampede of panic and shouting and screaming", Khan said.

"The double standard and misogyny are still ever present", Grande, who has more than 45 million followers on Twitter, said in the statement disseminated on social media.

Some witnesses described the panic and carnage following the explosion.

"Imagine like a two-story brick wall had separated itself from a building", Ward told Al Jazeera.

One video shared on Twitter appeared to show the inside of the arena in the aftermath of the incident, with people screaming and streaming to the exits.

NY authorities have stepped up security at sensitive sites after the deadly blast, although officials said there was no indication of a threat to USA targets, reported Reuters.

'It was a huge explosion - you could feel it in your chest.

"At that point, everyone went insane, running, screaming, jumping over seats", Long said.

Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled.

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Mr Walker said the explosion was by the door in the foyer, next to the merchandise, and that glass and metal nuts were left on the floor.

Semino, who was herself injured, said she had been standing by the ticket office of the 21,000-capacity indoor Manchester Arena when the explosion went off.

On Monday night, Long and her daughter were getting ready to leave after the Ariana Grande concert when they heard the explosion. She said her phone has not stopped ringing since her tweet.

Eyewitness Karen Ford had taken her 13-year-old daughter to the concert.

"Why? What's the point?" They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

"This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone", Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester police, said in a press briefing. 'All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.' Islamic State supporters took to social media to celebrate the blast and some encouraged similar attacks elsewhere.

Greater Manchester Police say the incident, is being treated as a terrorist attack, has killed 22 people and injured at least 59.

"I will convene a meeting of the Scottish Government's Resilience Committee this morning to receive an update and to consider any implications for Scotland".

After the initial explosion, Manchester police said they conducted a precautionary controlled explosion in nearby Cathedral Gardens to destroy what turned out to be discarded clothing.

People walk out of a support centre at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain, May 23, 2017.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also condemned the attack and said Japan stood side-by-side with the British people.

The concert was part of Grande's The Dangerous Woman Tour.

The 23-year-old singing sensation wrote: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry, I don't have words".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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