Explosion reported at Manchester Arena; Fatalities, Injuries Confirmed

By: channelnewsasia

LONDON: British police said they are responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday (May 22), where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing.

In a statement posted on Twitter, police confirmed there were a number of fatalities and injuries due to the incident.


Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017

It urged members of the public to avoid the area.

“Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena,” Greater Manchester Police said in an earlier statement.

A witness who was at the venue in the northern English city of Manchester where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing said she felt a massive explosion as she was leaving the concert.

“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 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 of the area.”

A video posted on Twitter showed fans screaming and running inside the venue.

A spokesman for the singer said she “is okay”.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

Source: Reuters


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