Nineteen people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.
In a statement, Greater Manchester police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.
At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
A second suspected device was found near where the first reported explosion occurred, police told the BBC. The alleged device will be detonated in a controlled explosion shortly, police said.
Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound which sounded like an explosion went off.”
She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming crying and pushing.”
BREAKING: US officials briefed on Manchester incident say UK officials suspect it was caused by suicide bomber -NBC https://t.co/nJwDYK0AQG
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena
British Transport Police confirm the explosion was in the foyer area of #ManchesterArena around 10.30pm https://t.co/8fwXzPKWt4
BREAKING NEWS: REPORTS OF ANOTHER BOMB LOCATED AT VICTORIA METRO STATION IN MANCHESTER. EMERGENCY UNITS RUSHING.
CBS News confirms a large group of young girls are among the 19 dead following alleged terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in England
CBS News confirms there were two explosions at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Englad – the devices contained nails.
BREAKING: Sources from Manchester hospitals say they’re receiving patients with injuries compatible with a nail bomb. #sun7 https://t.co/wL0A18Mje8
It’s too early to say, but it appears the attack may have been aimed specifically at teenage girls.
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@guardian Sickening thought that most of the #Manchester victims are likely to be kids.