Moment Blast Hit Manchester Arena

Courtesy of Sky News
http://news.sky.com/story/confirmed-fatalities-in-manchester-arena-explosion-10889460
preview image

 
 
 Moment Blast Hit Manchester Arena
 

Police say a lone male attacker carrying an improvised explosive device was responsible for the bombing at Manchester Arena.

The number of people killed by the explosion at the end of a sold-out Ariana Grande concert has increased to 22 – and 59 people were injured.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins has confirmed that children are among those who died.

An injured concert goer is helped away from the Manchester Arena
Image: An injured concert goer is helped away from the Manchester Arena
An injured man is helped away from the arena Pic: Joel Goodman/LNP
Image: Police are treating the explosion at Manchester Arena as a terror attack Pic: Joel Goodman/LNP

Videos from inside the venue show fans running and screaming, while footage from outside captures emergency vehicles rushing to the scene.

:: LIVE – Several dead in Manchester explosion

Armed police filled the streets outside the arena, and bomb disposal units, firefighters and paramedics also attended the scene.

Fifty-nine people have been taken for treatment at six hospitals around the city.

  1. Emergency services at Manchester Arena. Pic: @Suzymoonbeam
     
  2. Armed police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
    Armed police at Manchester Arena after a bomb attack at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig
  3. Armed police at Manchester Arena
     
  4. Armed police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion during an Ariana Grande gig
     
  5. People leaving the Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion during an Ariana Grande gig
     
  6. Police helping people after Manchester Arena was evacuated following reports of an explosion
     
  7. People outside the arena
     
  8. Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena
     
  9. Concert goers after fleeing the Manchester Arena
     
  10. Emergency services outside Manchester Arena
     
  11. Emergency services at Manchester Arena. Pic: @Suzymoonbeam
     
  12. Armed police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Explosion. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
     
1/10
 
 
preview image

 
 
Video: Concertgoers flee in arena’s foyer area

Sky News Home Affairs correspondent Mark White said hospitals in the area were treating “a number of people with what are believed to be shrapnel-type injuries”.

Police have warned people to stay away from the venue.

:: Witness – ‘People were running and screaming’

Greater Manchester police’s Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the force was working closely with the counter-terror officers and UK intelligence partners.

He said more details would be provided “when we have a clearer picture”.

Manchester’s Victoria station, which backs onto the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled.

:: Music stars react to ‘attack’

Ariana Grande performing last year
Image: The incident happened at the end of an Ariana Grande gig

Ariana Grande, who was unharmed, tweeted to say she is “broken”.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry,” she said. “I don’t have words.”

Her manager Scooter Braun said they mourned “the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act”.

Manchester Arena said the incident had happened outside the venue “in a public space”. Others said it happened close to the ticket offices in a foyer area.

preview image

 
 
Video: Police dog checks silver vehicle outside venue

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion at nearby Cathedral Gardens shortly after 1.30am, but have since confirmed the item they found was abandoned clothing and not suspicious.

preview image

 
 
Video: Police cars arrive at Manchester Arena

Concert-goers affected by the suspected terror attack have been offered shelter by residents, taxi drivers are said to be offering free rides and there are reports that a hotel near the venue has taken in dozens of children.

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tweeted: “My heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones, my admiration to our brave emergency services. A terrible night for our great city.”

preview image

 
 
Video: Footage of ambulances outside Manchester Arena

Theresa May said her thoughts were with the victims and families of those affected and has condemned “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack”.

Election campaigning by the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP has been suspended, with other parties expected to do the same.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd also condemned the “barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society”.

She said: “The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging, but I am proud of the police and first responders who reacted to this tragic incident so swiftly.”

An emergency COBRA meeting is expected to take place in Downing Street at 9am.

Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena
Image: Police help fans close to the Manchester Arena

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night.

“My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.”

Manchester Fire and Rescue tweeted a statement to say crews were helping police and paramedics at “the scene of this horrific incident”.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected and especially the families who lost their loved ones tonight – utterly heartbreaking,” they said.

North West Ambulance Service Trust has urged people to only call in the case of life-threatening emergencies.

“If you require our assistance over the next few hours, please bear with us we have a large number of resources at the incident in Manchester,” the trust tweeted.

Police helping people after Manchester Arena was evacuated following reports of an explosion

 
 
Video: Witness: ‘Stewards saved our lives’

Two US officials speaking to the Reuters news agency suggested that initial signs pointed to a suicide bombing.

If it is confirmed to be a terrorist attack, the explosion will become the worst atrocity in the UK since the deaths of the 52 victims of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

It comes two months after the Westminster atrocity, in which terrorist Khalid Masood killed five people before he was shot dead by police.

In London, the Met police urged people to stay “vigilant” and added: “You’ll see more police in London today.”

:: People concerned about loved ones can call 0161 856 9400. To report any concerns about terrorism, call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

More follows…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s