The terrorist attack at the concert of famous singer Ariana Grande has left her fans across the globe devasted. The British Police is treating the incident as a suicide bomb blast, which killed at least 19 concert attendees, while over 50 others were left injured.
“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.
Here is the how Ariana Grande fans reacted to the unfortunate attack on Twitter:
My heart, thoughts, tears, prayers got out to all those affected. And I just want to hug @ArianaGrande and make sure she's ok. 😰 [3/3]— Charles Gross (@TheCharlesGross) May 23, 2017
Just woke to the news of an attack at the Manchester Ariana Grande show. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the violence.— Andrew McMahon (@andrewmcmahon) May 23, 2017
Sending prayers to @ArianaGrande & all those who are with her also... I know this has to be difficult & heartbreaking for everyone😔🙏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 23, 2017
I hope @ArianaGrande doesn't cancel her next show. I hope she performs in memory of the victims and shows the terrorists we are not afraid.— aka Rachel (@akaRachel101) May 23, 2017