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Multiple People Dead Following ‘Explosion’ At Ariana Grande Concert In England

Written by Tom Williams on May 23, 2017

UPDATE: Police have arrested a 23 year-old man in connection with the attack, but confirmed that the bomber definitely died in the explosion.

UPDATE: Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that the death toll has risen to 22 people, and that the attack was carried out by one man who died after detonating an improvised, home made device. In a statement police also revealed that the total number of injured persons is 59.

UPDATE: Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that 19 people have so far been confirmed dead, while “around 50” have been injured. Police are also treating the incident as a possible terrorist incident.

A controlled explosion has also been carried out at a site near the venue:

Manchester Arena has also released the following statement:

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are responding to reports of a possible explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, and have confirmed that “there are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured”.

“Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena,” say Greater Manchester Police. “Avoid the area.”

Witnesses have reportedly spoken of hearing at least one explosion as they began to leave Manchester Arena following the show.

One fan has taken to Twitter to day, “There was a loud bang when the lights came on & everyone ran out screaming.” Video from the scene can be seen below.

Representatives for Ariana Grande have confirmed that she wasn’t injured.

Nearby train lines are currently blocked, and bomb disposal police are on site.

Ariana Grande is scheduled to bring her ‘Dangerous Woman’ tour to Australia later this year.

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