Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Ariana Grande Releases Statement After Manchester Concert Bombing

Ariana Grande Releases Statement After Manchester Concert Bombing Ariana Grande Releases Statement After Manchester Concert Bombing
Christy Curtis | 23 May, 2017, 12:33

Local law enforcement is on alert in Boston after the Monday night explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at the concert in northern England, police said.

A spokesman for Ariana Grande, 23, said the singer was "okay".

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says in a tweet that she is "horrified" by the loss of life in the British city.

"Officers are at Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion within the foyer area of the stadium at 10.30pm this evening", the statement read.

Police are now warning people to stay clear of the arena while investigations are taking place.

On Facebook, Manchester Arena confirmed the incident and stated it "occurred outside the venue in public space". Manchester Arena holds 21,000 people.

Concert-goers affected by the suspected terror attack have been offered shelter by residents, and there are also reports that a hotel near the venue has taken in dozens of children.

They said at least 19 people were killed and 50 wounded as panicked spectators including children screamed and fled.

Train services at Manchester Victoria, a major railway station next to the Manchester Arena, have been suspended after the explosion. The incident is now being treated as a terrorist incident. The nearby Manchester Victioria Rail Station was evacuated due to the incident.

The incident happened shortly after Grande had left the stage, according to eyewitnesses.

The cause of the loud noise is yet to be officially confirmed. Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services. This was later confirmed to be abandoned clothing and not suspicious.

Britain's terrorist threat level stands at "severe", the second-highest rung on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely. "We're just lucky to have gotten away safely", she said.

"(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we're on the top floor so have flawless view) and everyone was running away in big crowds", Suzy Mitchell told Sky News. Didn't really hear the bang to start off with. "Then everyone just screamed and ran", another witness told The Independent.

Karen said: "We were leaving the concert when there was a huge sound like an explosion".

Witness Kiera Dawber tearfully told CNN that there was a "massive, massive explosion" followed by a chaotic scene of screams, shouts, shoes and handbags strewn about, and about 20 bodies on the floor of a hallway. About 50 people have been injured. We saw blood on people when we got outside.

Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister.

Manchester police say they are working with national police and intelligence agencies to gather information about the incident. The crowd was made up of mainly younger people who had come to see Grande in her first of three scheduled concerts in the United Kingdom, on her European and Latin American tour.

Ariana Grande performing onstage. She was scheduled to play two shows in London later this week before traveling to Belgium, according to her tour dates.

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