Law enforcers are treating the incident at Ariana Granda, Manchester concert as a terrorist attack.
“This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see. Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased,” said Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins.
Some eyewitnesses of the horrific ordeal had the following to say:
“An explosion was heard outside the auditorium after Ariana had finished her show and left the stage.”
“She finished her last song .. and we heard like a really basey bang, and all I can remember is just everyone … was just running out… people were covered in blood, some people were having a fight, it was quite scary.”
“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 as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.”
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”
The General Election campaigning has been suspended and the Prime Minister has condemned the attack.
Greater Manchester metro mayor, Andy Burnham, stated that the attack was an “Evil act”.
On Tuesday morning the former Labour MP said: “It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger, and hurt that we feel today. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill. This was an evil act.”
Law enforcers had warned individuals to stay away from the arena during the investigations before they released a statement to confirm the number of fatalities shortly after 1 a.m.
Mr Hopkins reported that the death toll has increased in the last few hours and investigators believed the attack was conducted by a man who died at the scene. Detectives are trying to establish if the man “was acting alone or as part of a network”.
Five hospitals throughout the city are treating the victims.
It has been reported that victims were thrown by the blast which also scattered nuts and bolts across the floor.
Ariana Grande is devastated by the incident and tweeted that she was “Broken by the devastating attack.”
Written by Stacey Fowler