Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Election campaigning suspended after Manchester attack


He provided no information about the individual who detonated the device. They also confirmed that there are children among the victims.

British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

Armed police stand guard at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017.

The Manchester Police is now viewing the blast as a possible "terrorist attack", though no organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Numerous fans at the Ariana Grande concert were young. The singer was not injured, according to a representative. "I don't have words", wrote the 23-year-old, who is popular with teens and pre-teens.

The bomb disposal unit was on the scene with ambulances early on Tuesday.

The chief constable also appealed to the public to upload any pictures of videos to this service, so it would help the police with its investigation.

"A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena", he said.

Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for information about people who had not been accounted for.

As concertgoers - many of them young fans of the singer - were beginning to leave the arena after Grande's closing set, an explosion rocked the area.

Grande, the USA singer who finished performing minutes before the blast, said she had been left "broken" by the events.

"We ran out", she told Reuters.

"What just happened?" says another voice, panic rising.

No terror organisation has claimed responsibility.

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Mrs May said the "cowardice of the attacker was met by the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester". According to the police, the attack is by a lone male suicide bomber, but the identity of the attacker is yet unknown.

If confirmed as a terror incident, it would be the deadliest attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people.

The blast rocked the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of young fans and parents streamed out of the venue after the show by the USA singer, whose fan base is made up largely of teenagers and young girls.

"The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network".

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee at 9 a.m. London time today.

General election campaigning has been suspended in the wake of a "barbaric" terrorist attack in Manchester at the end of a pop concert by Ariana Grande.

The Manchester Victoria train station located close to the Arena was shut down on Tuesday, UK National Rail announced.

Many were underage, as Grande is a 24-year old pop star who became famous because of her role of Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon TV show Victorious in 2009.

"Grande began her career in the Broadway musical 1" and on the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious. Most of the 130 dead in the November 2015 attacks in Paris were at the Bataclan concert hall, which gunman struck during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal.

"It's famous all over the world for so many wonderful things", he said, before listing the city's famous football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, and rock bands, Oasis and Joy Division.

"I'm telling you, a more tight knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find".

The Manchester show was part of a tour that began February 3 in Phoenix.

If her tour continues she will have a concert in Thailand on Aug 17 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

"Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene", it said, noting that details of a telephone number for concerned families to call would follow.

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