Some 19 people have died and 50 injured after an explosion at the Manchester Arena concert venue, Greater Manchester Police has confirmed.
Witnesses reported hearing a “huge bang” at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig on Monday evening, which police quickly described as a ‘serious incident’.
Footage posted on social media showed people fleeing the 21,000-capacity venue screaming, and the area around the arena was swamped with police and emergency services.
Greater Manchester Police said it was treating the tragedy as a terrorist incident “until police know otherwise”. The Reuters news agency was reporting a suicide bomber is suspected of causing the explosion, citing two US officials.