UK: 19 dead, 50 injured at Manchester concert explosion

The bombing appeared meant to inflict the maximum possible damage on young concertgoers - many of them in their early teens - who were making their way out of the Manchester Arena.

"We believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man", Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters.

Emergency response vehicles are parked at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by U.S. star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017.

USA rapper Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ), who collaborated with Grande on recent hits "Bang Bang" and "Side to Side" tweeted: "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost".

"We are working with our foreign counterparts to obtain additional information about the cause of the reported explosion as well as the extent of injuries and fatalities", the DHS said. "The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network".

- A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue.

"Parents were frantic running about trying to get to their children", she said.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the venue at around 10.33pm and approach roads were closed.

The local emergency-response service advised the public to call only "for life-threatening emergencies".

Ambulances and bomb disposal teams rushed to the venue, as anxious family members searched for their loved ones and residents opened their doors to stranded concert-goers after trains were cancelled. "There were lots of children at Holiday Inn".

In other messages, taxi drivers offered to ferry those who needed to leave the city for free, while the hashtag #RoomForManchester was being used to offer free bedrooms and sofas for anyone stuck in the city. Police set up a hotline for those looking to connect with missing relatives. "There were coats and people's phones on the floor".

Separated from his wife and daughter, he said he "looked at some of the bodies trying to find my family".

Early Tuesday morning, Grande spoke of her sorrow on Twitter. They're telling us to wait by the phones. A loud bang was heard minutes later.

The dead and injured were aged between two and 71 and included nine children.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and has a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website.

Photo: Reuters Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena after the explosion.

Leaders of countries hit by recent terror attacks expressed solidarity with Britain. Most of the 89 dead in the November 2015 attacks in Paris were at the Bataclan concert hall, which gunman struck during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal.

If the incident is confirmed as a terrorist attack, it would be the most deadly in Britain since the London subway bombings in 2005. More than 400 officers were deployed. "They said he had severed an artery". The Scottish National Party suspended campaign events that were scheduled for Tuesday.

Braun has managed Grande since 2013, when the actress-turned-singer was just graduating the Nickelodeon show Victorious, with Braun playing an A&R role on songs from the albums Yours Truly, My Everything, and Dangerous Woman.

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