Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Suspected Terror Attack At Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester Arena

At least 19 people have died and many others are feared injured after a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert.


(Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

 Here are the latest updates:
At least 19 people killed and more than 50 injured
Witnesses describe hearing a ‘huge bang‘, and hospitals report many with shrapnel wounds
Some reports say device may have been be a nail bomb
Theresa May says police treating it as ‘appalling terrorist attack’
Family and friends are turning to social media to track down missing children
Video shows moment concert-goers flee in terror
Eyewitnesses: ‘People were lying on the ground covered in blood’
People in Manchester open their homes to victims
Manchester Victoria train station was evacuated


Here is how the events of the night unfolded:


Monday, 6pm: Doors open at Manchester Arena in the north of the city centre. US pop singer Ariana Grande is on the bill for a sell-out concert at the 21,000-capacity venue. Fans, many of them teenage girls, excitedly share selfies as they wait for the show to begin.

7.30pm: Show’s scheduled start time. After a performance from support act BIA, an American rapper, Grande takes the stage.

10.30pm Show’s scheduled finish. Thousands of fans begin to file out of the arena’s four exits.

A “huge bomb-like bang” is heard at the arena. Witnesses describe being knocked from their feet by an explosion and seeing dozens of injured, possibly dead, people including children lying on the floor. Others describe panic as concert-goers run for exits.

10.35pm: Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. Dozens of emergency services vehicles stream into the area.

10.55pm: Police urge people to stay away from the area as responders deal with a “serious incident”.

11.46pm: Police say there have been a number of confirmed fatalities.

Tuesday, 1.10am: Nineteen people are confirmed dead and around 50 others injured following the suspected explosion police say is being treated as a terrorist incident.

1.35am: A controlled explosion is carried out on a suspicious item in the Cathedral Gardens area near Manchester Arena. It is later confirmed to be abandoned clothing.

2.15am Prime Minister Theresa May says her thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected in “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack”.

3.04am Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police, says: “My thoughts are very much with those who have been injured and lost their lives. We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we have further information. This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone.
I want to thank people for their support and ask them to remain vigilant.”

From yahoo news UK.

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