22 people have been confirmed dead after a suspected terrorist attack at a Manchester gig.
The attack took place at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. The explosive was detonated after Grande had finished her set. Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the incident is being treated as a suspected terrorist attack.
On social media, the singer said “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of Greater Manchester police made a statement about the attack saying: “We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise. We are working closely with the national counter terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners.
“This is clearly a concerning time for people but we are doing all we can, working with local and national agencies to support those affected and gather information about what has happened tonight. As you will understand, we are still receiving information and updates so will provide more details when we have a clearer picture.
“I want to thank people for their support and would ask them to remain vigilant, and if they have any concerns, report them in confidence to us through the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321. It is important people avoid the area so we can affectively deal with the incident.”
An emergency hotline (0161 856 9400) has been set up for anyone concerned about loved ones in the concert and area.
Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter from musicians including Johnny Marr, Harry Styles, Lorde and more.
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari
— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
Manchester stands together.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 23, 2017
I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017