Officials report 19 are dead and 50 injured following explosions at Manchester Arena where an Ariana Grande concert was held on Monday night (May 22, 2017).
Witnesses said the incident took place shortly after Grande had finished performing.
“Ariana is O.K.,” her publicist, Joseph Carozza, told the New York Times. “We are further investigating what happened.”
Greater Manchester Police released the figure less than three hours after explosions were first reported on the scene.
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Manchester Evening News reports “Multiple U.S. officials say U.K. authorities suspect Manchester incident was conducted by a suicide bomber.”
British Transport Police said an explosion occurred in the foyer of Manchester Arena at 10:30 p.m., around the time the concert finished. Arena management tweeted its own statement, which said the incident took place “outside the venue in a public space.”
Concertgoers reported hearing a ”loud bang” at the back of the venue.
A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building. A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, running from the venue.
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“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concert-goer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.
“It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”