On the fourth anniversary of the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, another shocking incident attempts to terrorise humanity. Ariana Grande has announced that her current tour is now paused until further notice, and Britain’s election campaign has also been suspended.
◆ Update; video from the Greater Manchester police—22 are now confirmed dead, and more injured. Children are confirmed to be among the dead.
◆ The attack was conducted by one man, the top priority now is to discover if he is a "lone wolf" or part of a larger network… It is now absolutely confirmed that it was in fact a Suicide-Bombing.
◆ The terrorist died at the arena, after detonating their device. The police have not identified the type of explosive used yet.
◆ Police are urging people to go about their lives, keep alert but not alarmed; report any suspicious activity but please carry on your normal life as much as possible. Anyone that attended the concert with footage or pictures that may help the police investigation please upload to: ukpoliceimageappeal.com
◆ The identity, nationality, age of the terrorist or has not been released by the police, though they did refer to them as a “he”.
"Western LEO tells CNN a male at the scene in Manchester has been identified as probable suicide bomber, per Evan Perez & Pamela Brown" — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 23, 2017
Video from inside the arena as the first blast shows the spreading fear and panic, children screaming in fear as they flee the bloody aftermath of the suicide-bomb… Crowd members realise and begin to rush away from the exit, many people may have been trampled.
Latest Statement from the Greater Manchester Police:
"If you are concerned about loved ones in the area call 0161 856 9400, and if you have terrorism-related information call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321." - Greater Manchester Police
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." — Ariana Grande on Twitter
"Emergency services still working at the scene of last nights incident at Manchester Arena and continue to ask public to avoid the area." — Greater Manchester Police
As the crowd left the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Evening News arena tonight, an explosive device detonated…
"BREAKING: Multiple U.S. officials say UK authorities suspect Manchester incident was conducted by a suicide bomber" — NBC News Twitter
Eyewitnesses and survivors describe a horrific experience, a panicked crowd stampeding over injured people, missing limbs and gruesome injuries. Survivors that have made it home are finding human flesh and blood in their hair and clothing.
Hospitals are overwhelmed yet coping at the moment, false reports of a gunman at Oldham Hospital are spreading; this is probably due to heightened security measures as they are dealing with a terrorist incident. It would be wise to avoid the area no matter what, as the hospitals and doctors will be under significant load and do not need any extra stress.
The first explosion occurred at 10:40pm BST, after the final performance by the singer. Ariana Grande exited the stage, the bomb was at the front entry-lobby; where people were packed closely together as they exited the venue. The Manchester Victoria station was closed immediately as it is in close proximity to the site of this attack. NBC news and “multiple U.K. Sources” are claiming that it was in fact a homicide or suicide-bomber.
A second blast was reported but not confirmed, and rumours are that this was an IED pressure-cooker device; we will update as the Manchester police and other U.K. Anti-terror operations report on their progress.
Harrowing accounts are being given to media, Beth Abbit of the Manchester Evening News interviewed a survivor at the A&E department of Whythenshawe Hospital…
“I was at the concert with my cousin. We were walking out and then it happened right in front of me. Me and my cousin fell back…“I can’t remember it properly, I remember seeing orange. “Everyone started crying and running away. I could see people near me and I saw a torso.…“I’m alright. I’ve just got cuts on my hand.” — Anonymous 17 Year old survivor, to Beth Abbit; Live updates from scene here
Prime Minister, Theresa May has suspended her General Election campaign, and Labour leader Corbyn remarked that this is a “terrible incident”, with the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron cancelling a planned visit to Gibraltar…
Worried relatives have taken to social media as Facebook triggers the “Safety Check” on the area; twitter and Instagram is flooded with people worried about their friends and family. Some may have lost their phones and are not contactable, do not assume the worst. Others may still be in shock and not able to answer.
Some people are spreading false “missing” images; one Twitter user has posted a picture claiming that the X = “fake” and a Tick means that the person has been found. Many people are still missing. A lot of misinformation is being spread on Social Media.
"Apparently the attacker at the Ariana Grande show in the #Manchester Arena was a suicide bomber who used nail bombs." — Guido Mastrangelo on Twitter
Awful people such as David Leavitt—who may not be representing major media depending if clients see these tweets—started to “joke” and make puns, as victims still bleed… I hope that this man is drunk and makes proper reparations for these awful words.
"WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG YOU?! Trolling or not, CHILDREN HAVE DIED. Please do the world a favor and delete your account 😑👊 #Manchester #Ariana" — @girlhoodposts on Twitter
This is a developing story, and will be updated as we gain more information.