Deadly at­tack in Eng­land

U.K. po­lice say 19 con­firmed dead in ex­plo­sion at Ari­ana Grande con­cert

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An ex­plo­sion struck an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in north­ern Eng­land late Mon­day, killing at least 19 peo­ple and in­jur­ing dozens in what po­lice say they are treat­ing as a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said 19 peo­ple were con­firmed dead and roughly 50 were in­jured by the ex­plo­sion at Manch­ester Arena. Emer­gency ve­hi­cles were help­ing the in­jured and bomb dis­posal units were later seen out­side the venue.

There was mass panic af­ter the ex­plo­sion at the end of the con­cert, which was part of Grande’s The Dan­ger­ous Woman Tour. The singer was not in­jured, ac­cord­ing to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Bri­tain’s ter­ror­ist threat level has been set at “se­vere’’ in re­cent years in­di­cat­ing an at­tack is highly likely. Po­lice said the ex­plo­sion is be­ing judged a ter­ror­ist at­tack un­less new in­for­ma­tion proves oth­er­wise.

Wit­nesses re­ported hear­ing two loud bangs com­ing from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m. but there were few fur­ther de­tails.

“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely pan­icked every­one and we were all try­ing to flee the arena,’’ con­cert­goer Ma­jid Khan, 22, told Bri­tain’s Press As­so­ci­a­tion. “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 as they were try­ing to exit.’’

Added Oliver Jones, 17: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and peo­ple started to run.’’

Video from in­side the arena showed con­cert­go­ers scream­ing as they made their way out amid a sea of pink bal­loons.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said the gov­ern­ment is work­ing to es­tab­lish “the full de­tails of what is be­ing treated by the po­lice as an ap­palling ter­ror­ist at­tack.’’

She said her thoughts are with the vic­tims and the fam­i­lies of those who have been af­fected. The gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to call an emer­gency Cabi­net meet­ing.

If the in­ci­dent is con­firmed as a ter­ror­ist at­tack it would be the most deadly in Bri­tain since the Lon­don sub­way bomb­ings in 2005.

Po­lice ad­vised the public to avoid the area around the Manch­ester Arena, and the train sta­tion near the arena, Vic­to­ria Sta­tion, was evac­u­ated and all trains can­celled.

Joseph Carozza, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Grande’s U.S. record la­bel, said the singer is OK and they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing what hap­pened.

The Dan­ger­ous Woman Tour is the third con­cert tour by Grande and sup­ports her third stu­dio al­bum, “Dan­ger­ous Woman.’’

Grande’s role as Cat Valen­tine on Nick­elodeon’s high school sit­com “Vic­to­ri­ous’’ pro­pelled her to teen idol sta­tus, start­ing in 2010.

AP PHOTO

Armed po­lice stand guard at Manch­ester Arena af­ter re­ports of an ex­plo­sion at the venue dur­ing an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in Manch­ester, Eng­land, on Mon­day. Po­lice says there are “a num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties” af­ter re­ports of an ex­plo­sion at the con­cert.

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