The British media initially reported the multiple explosion, now reports suggest that it was a terrorist attack in form of a suicide bomber.
The attack comes barely two months after a terrorist suspect mowed down pedestrians on the bridge next to British Parliament and stabbed a police officer before being shot dead by Scotland Yard officers.
Here are the updates:
#4:26 PM: UK police say 23-year-old man arrested over Manchester attack.
#4:15 PM: Manchester's Arndale shopping center evacuated, hundreds seen running in panic: UK media
#4:14 PM: UK police believe they know identity of Manchester attacker but at this stage of investigation we can't confirm his name: PM May
#11:45 AM: Death toll in Manchester attack rises to 22, police say lone attacker died at venue: Reuters
#10:09 AM: ISIS claims responsibility for the attack on the Manchester Arena: Reports
#9:35 AM: Local Gurudwaras offer shelter to blast victims, stranded survivors
#9:30 AM: Shocked to hear of Manchester blast; condolences to families of deceased & prayers for injured: President Pranab Mukherjee
India stands by government and people of United Kingdom in this hour of distress: President Pranab Mukherjee
#8:40 AM: Singer Ariana Grande has Tweeted that she is 'broken' by the incident. Her tweet indicates that she feels guilty for the incident, an act her Twitter fans have been advising her against, 'broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. (sic).'
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
#7:50 AM: Manchester Police say they are working with national police, intelligence agencies to investigate concert explosion
#7:30 AM: British PM May condemns the attack
British Prime Minister Theresa May today 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.
#7:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack. He tweeted: "Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured."
Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2017
#6:55 AM: British Police has carried out a controlled explosion near the Manchester Arena venue, but later said the item was only abandoned clothing. “There will be a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens shortly if you hearing anything don’t be concerned,” police said on Twitter, referring to a small park opposite the concert venue. But a second tweet said: “Officers carrying out a precautionary controlled explosion in Cathedral Garden confirm that it was abandoned clothing, not a suspicious item”.
#6:50 AM: Victims of terror blast at Ariana Grade concert at Manchester arena, share theiur accounts of horror on social media :
#6:30 AM: Official statements and eyewitness accounts:
“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.
“Some people were screaming they’d seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped,” said another eyewitness.
The UK’s Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, were blocked.
#6:20 AM: People are taking to twitter to track down those missing after the explosions at the concert. While Machester has opened up their homes for people stranded due to blast. "If you're stranded & need a room for the night after terror attack @ArianaGrande gig, follow #roomformanchester. Taxis offering free lifts," someone tweeted.
#6:15 AM: Second suspect device at Manchester Arena; controlled explosion imminent, say British police
#6:00 AM: Police confirms 19 dead and at least 50 injured, calls explosion at Manchester Arena a terrorist incident.
#5:51 AM: British media reports US officials briefed on Manchester incident say UK officials suspect it was caused by suicide bomber
#5:48 AM: 19 killed, around 50 injured after reports of explosions at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester: British police
#4:24 AM: Number of 'confirmed fatalities' after reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena concert, says Police : UK media
Celebrities from all over the world condemned the attack:
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
On behalf of The Voice, our hearts go out to the people at @ArianaGrande's concert in Manchester, England.
You're in our thoughts tonight.— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 23, 2017
Just played Manchester.. crazy.. really don't have words. I'm so sorry. should be a safe place. :( Thinking of all those affected.— Sabrina Carpenter (@SabrinaAnnLynn) May 22, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
Sending our thoughts and prayers to @ArianaGrande and her fans at the show in England. Concerts are supposed to be a safe + fun place to be— Cash Cash (@cashcash) May 22, 2017
Devastated. Music is an escape. Concerts are the epitome of that joy.— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) May 22, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 22, 2017
💔stay strong Manchester💔— josh groban (@joshgroban) May 22, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2017
My heart breaks for everyone who endured the terrifying attack at Ariana Grande's show in Manchester. I'm praying for everyone there...— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) May 23, 2017
No words.......My heart is with Manchester.....Please #PrayForDWTManchester— Sofia Carson (@SofiaCarson) May 23, 2017
We're on tour a half mile away from explosion but SAFE! Insane world. Grab all the peace and love you can. Praying now. #Manchester— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 23, 2017