An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed twenty-two people and injured another 59 in at 10.30 pm Monday, May 22nd, British time.
The explosion occurred at the end of the concert, as concertgoers were leaving the Manchester Arena. Reports from medical services suggest the bomb has caused “shrapnel-like injuries.” The Arena, with a 21,000 seat capacity, was sold-out.
British police said they were treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Chief constable Ian Hopkins has since added that the attacker has died in the explosion. Investigations are ongoing to see whether the attacker was part of a network.
He has confirmed that children were among the dead in the attack.
Local hotels have taken-in children separated from their families. The Holiday Inn Manchester is encouraging parents looking for their children to contact them.
Grande herself was not injured. She responded to the attack in a Tweet, saying she was “broken.”
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
The moments immediately following the explosion were captured on video and published on social media. In one, published by Grande fan Ellie Cheetham on Twitter, the explosion is heard off-screen as screams increase and panic sets in. Ellie herself has since confirmed that she'd safely escaped.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “appalling.” Political party leaders Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Tim Farron also expressed condolences, as have other politicians such as London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
All major UK political parties have said that they will suspend further campaigning for the upcoming general election on June 8th, 2017.
Grande became famous playing Cat Valentine on the 2009 Nickelodeon series Victorious and its spin-off, Sam & Cat. The 2011 album Music from Victorious began her career in music, which saw her release Yours Truly (2013) and My Everything (2014), both of which debuted at No. 1 on US charts.
© 2000 - 2019 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)