Birmingham vigil for Manchester attack victims cut short after man detained nearby

Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by USA star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday.

The Manchester Arena bombing is the worst attack in Britain since the July 7, 2015, bombings in which 52 people were killed. That attack targeted public transportation.

Grande, who was not injured in the blast, tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

"CPD is closely monitoring the incident in Manchester and we are in real-time communication with our federal partners", CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

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"Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent attack in Manchester".

So far it has not been confirmed whether there was a single blast or multiple explosions. Grande has many younger fans, and there were many parents waiting to collect their children outside the venue.

'There are many big events across the country over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be working really closely with the organisers to review the security, review their stewarding arrangements, review our policing arrangements and make sure that decisions are taken that events only go ahead when it's sensible and safe to do so, ' he said.

"The corridor was full, it smelled of burning, there was quite a lot of smoke as we were leaving". But we all feel the same here.

"As soon as I heard the bang, I just chose to run", said concertgoer Abigail Lunt.

Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke.

"I just think of all those families", Jackie continued.

The bomb used in the attack is thought to have been a nail bomb, created to cause the maximum amount of damage.

The singer reportedly had just finished her last number at about 10:35 p.m. local time and the lights had come on when a loud explosion punctured the warm night.

On Tuesday, the Arndale shopping center near the Manchester Arena was evacuated after an explosion was reported there, though police said it is not related to the concert attack.

"The individual who carried this out is an extremist and doesn't represent any of our communities, does not represent the people of greater Manchester in any way, shape or form".

Robert Tempkin, 22, from Middlesbrough, told the BBC: "Everyone was screaming and running, there were coats and people's phones on the floor". People were just crying and in tears. "I saw five people with blood all down them".

For Joshi, Islamist ideology has long used the hatred of women as a starting point for condemning Western society seen as immoral and "decadent". "If it was me, I'd want to see this".

Some concert-goers said security was haphazard before the show, with some people being searched and others allowed inside unhindered.

He added that a "complex and wide-ranging investigation" had been launched to discover the scope of the Manchester Arena bombing attack.

In a statement released on social media in both English and Arabic, the militant group said a "soldier of the (Caliphate)" had "managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in ..."

"Emergency services are dealing with an incident near Manchester Victoria, resulting in all lines being closed", operator Northern Railway wrote on its website.

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