19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police
Nineteen people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.
At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said. U.S. law enforcement officials have been informed that the leading theory is that the Manchester Arena incident was the work of a suicide bomber, though they caution that this is preliminary information, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.
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Ariana Grande sent out a tweet after the concert in Manchester
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun Released a statement on Twiter.
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 23, 2017
— Manchester Arena (@ManchesterArena) May 23, 2017