22 people are dead and almost 60 injured in a terrorist incident Monday night (May 22) at Manchester Arena, where pop singer Ariana Grande was performing.
As concertgoers, many of them young fans of the singer were beginning to leave the arena after Grande’s closing set, multiple explosions rocked the area.
Confusion followed as people fled in search of safety, and the sound of wailing sirens soon cut through the smoky air outside the arena.
Ariana Grande has expressed her sorrow at the deaths of 19 people in an explosion after a show in Manchester.
The US star is thought to be physically unhurt, but has posted a tweet saying:
“Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
The blast happened just after the 23-year-old singer had finished performing at Manchester Arena on Monday evening.
Her manager Scooter Braun has also posted a statement, saying:
“Our hearts are broken.”
Police identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide bomber who detonated the bombs.
The suspect carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the blast Monday night, which left the wounded and the dead scattered across the arena’s bloodied entrance and sent screaming girls running for cover, according to police.
Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins named the suspect Tuesday (May 23) but said that the man’s identity had not been yet confirmed by a coroner.
The blast marked the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings.
A powerful explosion shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena late Monday as concertgoers streamed out following the American pop star’s last song.
Music stars, including Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and Cher, took to Twitter after the news was reported to send prayers and well-wishes.