Update 2: Thousands of cell phones and no actual pics or footage? Possible Hoax?
- Prime Minister Theresa May said the police were treating the incident as “an appalling terrorist attack.”
- The authorities suspect the blast came from either an abandoned backpack or a suicide bomber, a senior American intelligence official said. British officials said they were investigating reports that a suicide bomber detonated an improvised device containing nuts and bolts as shrapnel.
Two loud explosions were reported at approximately 10:45 p.m. just after the concert had finished.
In a statement, police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” as well as additional injuries. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.
NBC News is reporting that at least 20 people are confirmed dead, hundreds injured.
At least one explosion at a concert given by singer Ariana Grande sent terrified fans running for the exits Monday in Manchester in the United Kingdom, according to Variety and various other media organizations.
The Greater Manchester Police Department reported via Twitter “a number of confirmed fatalities” at the Manchester Arena and “others injured.” At least 20 people were dead, NBC News was reporting.
The incident took place at about 10:40 p.m. as the concert in northern England was wrapping up, eyewitnesses told local television. Manchester Arena holds 21,000
British Transport Police said officers were at the arena, which sits atop the Manchester Victoria transit station. All lines to Manchester Victoria have been closed, National Rail said in a statement. Northern Railway said the station has been evacuated.
Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
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