22 killed, many injured in Manchester concert blast

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 7:39 am

“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have the words,” tweeted singer Grande after the attack.

Twenty-two people were killed and around 60 injured in what police believe is a suicide attack by a person at a concert arena in the northern English city of Manchester overnight. It is the deadliest terrorist attack on Britain since 2005, when bombings on London’s transport system killed 52 people.

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It is the latest attack on a European city after last month’s in Paris, the Westminster incident, the Berlin Christmas Market onslaught and the attack in Nice, France. It comes less than three weeks before Britain’s national election on June 8, and all political parties have paused their campaigning till further notice.

The attack took place late on Monday evening at Manchester Arena, Britain’s largest indoor arena, at the end of a concert of 23-year-old U.S. singer Ariana Grande, when the audience, which included many young children, were streaming out of the venue.

“This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who will attend a meeting of COBRA, Britain’s emergency committee, later on Tuesday morning, chaired by the Prime Minister.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives,” said Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, and added that significant resources were being deployed into the “fast moving investigation.”

The police said they believed the attack itself was conducted by one man, who was carrying an “improvised explosive device, which he detonated.” They would be investigating whether he was acting alone or as part of a wider network. Over 400 police officers have been deployed after the attack. The police appealied to members of the public to stay away from the area around the attack as first responders dealt with the situation.

Leaders of all political parties swiftly condemned the attack and hailed the work of emergency services. “I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died or have been injured,” said Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. “A terrible night for our great city,” said Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have the words,” tweeted singer Grande after the attack.

Police are yet to confirm the names of any who had died but some parents took to social media in a desperate hunt for their children. Members of the public also offered accommodation to impacted people as #RoomForManchester was trending on Twitter.