Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

English police: 19 confirmed dead in concert explosion being treated as terrorism

English police: 19 confirmed dead in concert explosion being treated as terrorism

PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday in a statement said that he was devastated when he heard about the innocent victims who were killed or injured at the Ariana Grande concert tonight in Manchester - many of them far too young.

"Police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena".

Yes Mark, just over an hour ago the Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, held a press conference where he told reporters that United Kingdom authorities are treating the event as a "terrorist incident" until further information becomes available.

Grande, who was not injured, later tweeted: "Broken". From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. "I don't have words".

One fan at the concert with his sister described how the explosion happened as fans were leaving the arena.

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There were no immediate details of what happened during the concert by the American singer.

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.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "This is an absolutely horrifying incident and our thoughts are with everyone affected, especially those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatised".

Video from near the scene showed a caravan of ambulances heading to the arena. Over the last few years, she's become one of the most famous pop stars in the world and a four-time Grammy nominee.

Here's a running tally of what we do and don't know about the attack.

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Sky News Home Affairs correspondent Mark White said hospitals in the area were treating "a number of people with what are believed to be shrapnel-type injuries".

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe" meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Online, supporters of the extremist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq's Mosul and around its de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa, celebrated the blast.

UPDATE: The O2 arena tweeted that Grande's Thursday and Friday shows in London have yet to be canceled but they will advise ticket-holders if that changes. British authorities are focusing on the attack as a possible suicide bombing, according to a USA law enforcement official briefed on the matter.

VIDEO: UK police investigate reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. "Only heard one. People started screaming and going to the other side of the arena".

- "There were people falling over the chairs trying to get away and when we were running out we saw blood up the walls", a 15-year-old concertgoer told the Guardian.

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