UK BLAST

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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.

REUTERS, GETTY IMAGES

GETTY IMAGES

Po­lice es­cort mem­bers of the pub­lic from the Manch­ester Arena on Mon­day night in Manch­ester, Eng­land.

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