Panic, fatalities after explosion rocks Manchester Arena.
It was apparently a nail bomb. Several explosions.
It was at an Ariana Grande concert, so the majority of the audience was younger.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Some video is already available. This one is a montage of various footage:
Here is the reaction inside the stadium.
Here is the raw panic as crowds flee the Tube (Subway)
Here’s a summary of what we know so far after the incident in Manchester this evening:
Police have confirmed that at least 19 people have been killed in a suspected terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
Officers said a further 50 were injured.
One explosion was reported to have hit the foyer of the building at about 10:30pm, British Transport police said.
Manchester Arena said the incident took place “outside the venue in a public space”.
Multiple witnesses said they heard an explosion, with one telling the Guardian the blast shook the building. —Guardian
Video footage showed thousands of people fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood, after the Ariana Grande concert finished.
Horrifying footage showed petrified children leaping over fences as they desperately tried to escape the 21,000-seat venue.
Armed officers surrounded the venue and bloodied casualties were seen being stretchered out of the concert that resembled a ‘war zone’.
There were fears a ‘nail bomb’ had been used as witnesses described there being ‘nuts and bolts flying everywhere.’
Last night police carried out a controlled explosion at Cathedral Gardens after finding a second suspicious device.
…’The whole place smelled smoky and burnt.’
…Nick Schurok, 28, from Manchester, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grande had just finished the concert and the lights came on. Everyone started leaving. I was on the floor and at the back of the arena people started exiting through the tunnels.
‘There was a bang in the left tunnel and everyone went to the middle tunnel. Then about two minutes later, there was another bang. The bang was so loud and crowds of people were running. There were lots of children and families there.’
Another witness Jenny Brewster told MailOnline: ‘We were exiting the building when it happened. We’d headed towards the main doors as Ariana was performing the last song because we wanted to beat the crowds, but – as we made our way there – a wall of security men blocked it and told us to go the other way.
‘Seconds later they shouted ‘RUN!’ and the explosion happened right behind them. Hundreds of people were running and screaming. Those men saved our lives.’
A spokesman for Ariana Grande’s record label said the singer was “okay”.
Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack is considered highly likely.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn commented on Twitter, saying: “Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.” –(Source)
Prediction: tonight, Facebook will be flooded with well-wishers for Manchester and the victims there.
And tomorrow? The news will be telling us not to connect the violence with Islam.