Terror attack at Manchester concert, 19 confirmed dead

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At least 19 people are reported to have been killed and scores injured in what appears to be a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, police said.
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Quoting witnesses, a BBC report said that they heard two loud bangs, reported to be in the foyer, after a pop concert by Ariana Grande.

Greater Manchester Police said there were a “number of confirmed fatalities and others injured”.

It’s not confirmed if the act was of suicide bombing. However, the North West Counter Terrorism Unit said that it was treating it as a possible terrorist incident.

British officials are reported to have informed the US authorities about the explosion causing huge number of fatalities.

Last time U.K. faced a terror attack was in July 2005 when suicide bombing in London metro had resulted in the deaths of many people.

“Police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead with around 50 others injured,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” the statement said.

Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services.

Grande is safe, her spokesperson said.

“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us,” an eyewitness said.

The blasts reportedly went off at the end of the concert near the box office area of the venue.

“Some people were screaming theyd seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped,” said another eyewitness.

Several people have been killed and many injured in an explosion at a pop concert in Manchester city in the UK, police said.

“Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena last night. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured,” the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

“Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene,” it said.

Further details of the incident are unclear but eyewitness reported hearing a loud “bang” from inside the venue, which was playing host to a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services.

“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us,” an eyewitness said.

“Some people were screaming they’d seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped,” said another eyewitness.

The UK’s Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, were blocked.

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