19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

Police and other emergency services are seen near the Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion, May 22, 2017

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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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