UK: At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a bomb blast that occurred at the end of a concert by American pop sensation Ariana Grande in Manchester on Monday. British Prime Minister Theresa May while condemning the attack in a statement confirmed that police were treating the explosion as a terrorist attack, possibly by a suicide bomber. A spokesperson for Ariana Grande confirmed she was unharmed. About five hours after the blast she tweeted that she was “broken” and “sorry.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was ‘pained ‘ by the attack, as he tweeted condolences to families of the deceased and prayers for the injured.
Police rushed to scene after reports of a blast at the performing arena which has a capacity to hold around 20,000 people began doing the rounds shortly after 3:00 pm (IST). There were reportedly several children in attendance at the concert. Frantic parents began searching for their children after the explosion with the help of pictures on their phones. The chaotic scene of death and injury was worsened by reports that this could be a terror attack. A second suspect device was found in the area where the first blast occurred. Police have evacuated the entire area until investigations are complete. All rail and other lines of transit to the area have also been cut.
Several people have uploaded videos of the aftermath of the attack on the internet. Terrified faces of adults and children screaming and running for protection can be seen on the video. Kids separated from their children amidst the chaos and distraught parents trying desperately to find their children were heartbreaking scenes to watch.
If confirmed as a terror assault, this will be the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005 when 52 people were killed as a result of suicide bombings by four British Muslims on London’s Transport System. Britain has been on high alert for some time now with possibilities of impending terror attacks. Shortly after the incident, Islamic State supporters celebrated the explosion on social media, although the group hasn’t formally accepted responsibility for the attack. The unfortunate incident has brewed storms in political circles around the world, with several nations already struggling to deal with the threat of terrorism.