19 people killed and more than 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert.
At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, and two U.S. officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.
A man at the scene has been identified as the probable suicide bomber, who killed at least 19 in a “serious incident” amid reports of an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, according to reports. At least 50 people were reported injured.
Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs around 10:35 p.m. local time as Ariana Grande finished her performance. A CNN correspondent reported at least one blast occurred in a hallway outside of the arena and resulted in bedlam as concertgoers attempted to flee the venue.
Shortly after the event, an emotional witness told CNN that she saw 20 or 30 bodies laying on the floor, but at the time, the number of deaths had not been confirmed.
Some deaths and injuries could have been caused by a stampede, NBC tweeted.
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door, there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” Catherine Macfarlane, who was at the concert, told Reuters. “It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”
Police are treating the incident as a terror attack until they know otherwise, but they are not confirming that the attack was indeed terror-related. Witnesses reported that many children were at the U.S. pop star’s concert.
If confirmed as a terrorism incident, it would be the deadliest attack in Britain by militants since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005. The blast also came two and half weeks ahead of an election in which Prime Minister Theresa May is predicted by opinion polls to win a large majority.
Family members are posting photos of loved ones on Twitter in the hopes that someone has been in contact and knows if they are OK.
Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe,” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on Monday night in Manchester, England.