PHOTOS: 22 Dead As Suicide Bomber Attacks Ariana Grande Concert In UK

PHOTOS: 22 Dead As Suicide Bomber Attacks Ariana Grande Concert In UK

By Wires | The Trent on May 23, 2017
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Ariana Grande Concert Manchester
Armed police gather at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017.

At least 22 people were killed and about 59 others were injured in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called “an appalling attack” after an Ariana Grande concert Monday [May 22, 2017] night at Manchester Arena in England, authorities said.

The singer took to Twitter to express her grief at the terrorist attack in a “broken” post that has elicited close to 2 million reactions.

“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,” she wrote hours after the  shocking incident.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident was being treated as terrorism. A senior White House official told NBC News that President Donald Trump, who is on a visit to Jerusalem, had been briefed on the incident.

Police said the explosion took place outside the arena, which is near the Manchester Victoria transit station, as the concert ended at about 10:35 p.m. local time (5:35 p.m. ET), catching people as they exited.

Ariana Grande Concert Manchester
An injured concert goer is aided out of the Manchester Arena in northern England where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester, Britain, May 22, 2017. | Joel Goodman/London News Pictures/Zuma

Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said investigators were coordinating with British intelligence. “This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone,” he said at a brief news conference early Tuesday.

At a later press conference on Tuesday, Hopkins said that police believe the attack was carried out by one man who had an improvised explosive device and who also died in the bombing. He added that children were among those killed in the blast.

Multiple senior U.S. law enforcement officials briefed by British authorities told NBC News that forensic evidence at the scene — including a body found at the blast site — indicated a suicide attack. British and U.S. law enforcement officials said they believed they had tentatively identified the bomber.

Ariana Grande Concert Manchester
Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena in northern England where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester, Britain, May 22, 2017. | REUTERS/Jon Super

U.S. officials said initial reports indicated that some of the casualties might have been caused by a stampede of concert-goers.

“My thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected in what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said in a brief statement.

A representative of Ariana Grande said the singer, who has millions of young fans around the world, was not hurt. Likewise, Bianca Landrieu, the Boston hiphop star known as Bia, who also performed, tweeted: “Guys we are okay!!!”

Ariana Grande Concert Manchester

In a statement, Scooter Braun, Grande’s manager, thanked “Manchester’s first responders, who rushed towards danger to help save lives.”

“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers,” he said.

All lines to Manchester Victoria station were closed, National Rail said in a statement. Northern Railway said the station had been evacuated.

Ariana Grande Concert Manchester
Joel Goodman/London News Pictures/Zuma

Ivo Delgado, who attended the event, told NBC News that the concert had just ended when “I just heard a loud bang.”

All lines to Manchester Victoria station were closed, National Rail said in a statement. Northern Railway said the station had been evacuated.

Ivo Delgado, who attended the event, told NBC News that the concert had just ended when “I just heard a loud bang.”

Read more at Rolling Stone, NBC News.

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