Manchester: At least 19 people have been killed and 50 injured in an explosion which is treated as a “terrorist incident”, at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the Manchester city in the UK.
“Police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead with around 50 others injured,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” the statement said.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud “bang” from inside the venue, which was playing host to a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services.
Grande is safe, her spokesperson said.
“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,” an eyewitness said.
The blasts reportedly went off at the end of the concert near the box office area of the venue.
Pop star Ariana Grande tweets, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “appalling terrorist attack” at a pop concert in Manchester that killed 19 people and injured more than 50.
“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said in a statement.
“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.
“Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured,” Modi tweeted.