Several people have been killed after an explosion rocked a Manchester Arena at the end of a teen concert. Early reports say at least 19 are dead and hundreds could be injured.
The UK Counter-Terror Unit says it is treating the Explosion in central Manchester in the North of England as a possible terrorist attack against children, who were gathered to watch an Ariana Grande Concert.
Eyewitness Kiara Dawber told CNN: “There as a massive, massive explosion, a bang, there as smoke coming up through the steps. Everyone was screaming and shouting… it could be a bomb, people were screaming for their kids…. there were bodies scattered about everywhere… we were just running through the road… it was just chaos… you could see people were just dead… passed away… there was a lot of blood”.
U.S. officials told NBC Manchester that the attack was carried out by an apparent suicide bomber, timed to coincide with floods of people leaving the concert. Greater Manchester Police said there have been a “number of fatalities and others injured” at the Manchester Arena.
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Armed officers surrounded the venue and bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by emergency services outside the gig. Area hospitals are reporting that the victims have “shrapnel type injuries”
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Anne-Marie was at the concert with her 13-year-old daughter. She told BBC 5 live everybody “went into absolute panic”.
“You just felt this utter shud of the building and… there seemed to be a smog at the top of the stadium and around you.
“People were dropping to the floor and thought there might be a gunman in there. Unfortunately the security were at a loss as much as anybody else and it was just each to their own.
“There were a hell of a lot of children in the building unaccompanied tonight.
“I was trying to offer my support to a number of girls who were there on their own who were hysterical. They were around my daughter’s age if not younger.”
Rachel from Barnsley told BBC Radio Manchester she was in Block 213 of Manchester Arena.
She was with her 14-year-old daughter. To avoid the usual delays exiting the arena at the end of a show they decided to make their way out just before the end.
“As we were going out we heard an almighty bang. At first I thought we’d missed something in the concert.
“As we turned around the corner there was an horrific stampede of people coming down the steps, people falling on floor.
“I grabbed my daughter and we just ran.
“There were people being crushed on the floor.”