Blast at Manchester Arena concert kills 22, injures 59

Yemi Adebowale
May23/ 2017
Twenty-two people have been killed and dozens injured following an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist incident carried out by one man using an IED.

Police in Manchester on Tuesday confirmed 22 people were killed after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert with more than 50 others injured. Police have said they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Hundreds of people were seen fleeing Manchester Arena following two large bangs. Video posted on Twitter showed fans streaming out of the venue.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said police believed the incident was carried out by one man. The attacker died at the arena in an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device, Hopkins said. While Hopkins did not give an age range of the victims, he confirmed children were among the dead.

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham said the city would show resilience in the face of the attack.

“These were children and young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorize and kill,” said Burnham. “This was an evil act.”

“We are grieving today but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual – as far as possible – in our great city.”

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the incident “a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert.”

Unconfirmed footage from a car dashboard camera posted on Twitter showed a flash of light following a loud bang at the arena. 

JW

 

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