Manchester Arena explosion: What is Known so far


Here are the main developments following the bombing at the end of a pop concert at Manchester Arena:

:: Twenty-two people have been killed and 59 people injured. Children were among the dead.

:: Police say a lone male suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device.

:: It is being treated as a terrorist incident.

: Police say they are trying to establish whether the dead attacker was working alone or as part of a network.

The bomber was carrying a rucksack, according to Sky sources.

:: Police are working with counterterrorism officers and intelligence services to find out more about the attacker.

:: Police were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

:: Victims described being thrown by the blast that scattered nuts and bolts across the floor.

:: The gig was sold out, and thousands of children and teenagers were in attendance.

:: Sixty ambulances attended the incident, and the wounded were taken to eight hospitals around Greater Manchester.

Ch Const Ian Hopkins confirms children among the dead at arena blast

Video: ‘I can confirm that there are children among the deceased’

:: Ariana Grande has tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

:: The singer’s management team, Scooter Braun Projects, said: “Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.”

:: Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the explosion was a “barbaric attack deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society”.

:: Theresa May has condemned the “appalling incident”. The Prime Minister was due to chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency COBRA committee on Tuesday morning.

:: General Election campaigning has been suspended.


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