Update: 22 deaths confirmed, 59 injured following explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester
MANCHESTER, UK (KUSI) — 11:13 p.m. — The death toll in the Manchester explosion has risen to 22, with at least 59 injured, according to BBC News.
Ian Hopkins, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said it is the most horrific incident they have faced in Greater Manchester.
He said more than 400 armed officers were deployed Monday night to the incident. Law enforcement officials are treating the incident as a terrorist attack and they believe it was carried out by one person. Chief Hopkins confirmed the attacker died at the scene.
He believes the attacker had a device which he detonated at the scene and it is still unclear if he was acting alone.
The identities of those killed have not yet been released, but Chief Hopkins confirmed that there are children among the deceased.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 23, 2017
Ariana Grande has reportedly suspended her world tour in the wake of the incident.
10:30 p.m. — Nineteen are dead and at least 60 injured after what’s being investigated as a suicide bomb, exploded after Ariana Grande had left the stage at Manchester Arena.
What we know
- Law enforcement officials: suicide bombing the likely reason for the blast
- The incident took place outside the 20,000-seat venue in a public space
- Male at the scene has been identified as probable attacker
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May: incident an "appalling terrorist attack"
- Emergency phone line set up: +44 (0)161 856 9400
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security stated they were closely monitoring the situation and that there was, "no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States."
7:00 p.m. — The explosion outside the Ariana Grande concert is being investigated as caused by a possible suicide bomber.
According to CNN, a male at the scene in Manchester has been identified as a possible bomber and a U.S. official said a suicide bombing is the "likely" reason for the blast.
Shortly after the initial blasts, police executed a precautionary controlled explosion after a suspicious object was found, but the item turned out to be discarded clothing, according to Greater Manchester Police.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said it was an "absolutely horrifying incident".
"Our thoughts are with everyone affected, especially those who have lost loved ones or been injured or traumatized," Sir Richard Leese said. "If it is confirmed this was a terrorist attack it is a monstrous act but also a deeply futile one. Manchester is a proud and strong city and we will not allow those who seek to sow fear and division to achieve their aims. We give heartfelt thanks to our emergency services for their response and council staff are doing all they can to support."
5:12 p.m. — Great Manchester Police confirmed on Twitter at least 19 deaths, with 50 others injured.
The incident happened just before 10:35 p.m. Monday evening.
According to the BBC, the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating this incident as a possible terrorist incident.
BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford said senior counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London.
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4:56 p.m. — Emergency and law enforcement officials continued to survey the scene Monday, after an explosion was heard during an Ariana Grande concert.
In a Facebook post, Greater Manchester Police stated, "Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available."
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According to CNN, Ivo Delgado — a witness — said he heard one explosion. He said there was smoke in a main corridor outside the arena seating and stage area.
— Zach Bruce (@Zach_bruce) May 22, 2017
"It was a really big explosion. Everybody started screaming and running," he said. "There were people on the floor … There was a lot of confusion."
Another witness reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars.
"A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena," concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. "It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit."
4:10 p.m. — Multiple fatalities were confirmed Monday in Manchester, U.K. after explosions were heard at an Ariana Grande concert.
Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.
Singer Ariana Grande "is OK. We are further investigating what happened," confirmed Joseph Carozza, a representative from Grande’s U.S. record label.
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Greater Manchester Police tweeted that emergency services were "responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available."
— ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2017
— Joe Gregory (@JoeAaronGregory) May 22, 2017
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.