20 dead as explosions hit Ariana Grande concert


There are reports of 20 or more dead – and multitudes injured – as the result of a series of explosions that hit Manchester Arena in England just as an Ariana Grande concert was finishing Monday.

It didn’t take long for it to be described as a suspected terror attack.

The Sun confirmed police were looking at it as a “terrorist incident,” with a statement from Greater Manchester officers that, “So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured. This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

It strongly resembles any one of a number of recent attacks that have proven to be terror, in Paris and other locations.

The Daily Mail said there were reports of at least 20 dead and many injured, and “video footage showed thousands of people fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood.”

Eyewitness Evie Brewster told the news agency, “Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded. Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit.”

NBC reported that authorities believed there were possibly two explosions, although there was no confirmation on what triggered the blasts.

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“Greater Manchester police said only that there were ‘a number of confirmed fatalities and injuries’ as hundreds of fans fled the arena,” the agency said. “Emergency crews rushed to the scene after the possible blasts.”

The performing artists Ariana reportedly was uninjured, a spokesman said. Nor was Bianca Landrieu, a hiphop star also on stage during the event, hurt, according to social media.

“British Transport Police said officers were at the arena, which sits atop the Manchester Victoria transit station,” the network reported. “All lines to Manchester Victoria were closed.”

The BBC said “two loud bangs” were reported apparently in the entry area of the concert hall, which seats about 18,000.

The BBC said “the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident.”

“The BBC’s Tim Ashburn, who is at the scene, spoke to some volunteer paramedics who treated the injured for “shrapnel-like injuries,’” the report said, describing the possibility the mayhem was caused by nail bombs.

In a first-person report from the BBC’s Tom Mullen, he said, “One thing that’s apparent is there are many, many young people, some of them with parents or guardians. One mother told me her priority was simply to get her daughters home. Other people have been more candid and have described seeing people covered in blood, or being treated by paramedic. There’s still a huge sense of confusion and people are constantly searching for information while letting their families know they’re safe.”

The venue routinely features stars such as Ariana, a 23-year-old America pop star.

NBC said the explosions hit about 5:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, which was 10:40 p.m. in England.

The Mail added a long list of reports of witnesses with similar stories: the end of the concert, a huge bang, and a sudden stampede among music fans.

A concert-goer, identified only as Livvy, told Mail, “We saw the explosion happen. Bits of it hit me. My first thought was, ‘that’s a bomb’.”

The Telegraph said a suicide bomber was suspected, but UK police had not confirmed those claims.

One man who was near the venue entrance told the Telegraph, “As I was waiting an explosion went off and it threw me through the first set of doors about 30 feet to the next set of doors. When I got up and looked around there was about 30 people scattered everywhere, some of them looked dead, they might have been unconscious but there was a lot of fatalities.

“My first thing was to run in the stadium to try and find my wife and daughter.”

He later contacted them outside the arena, he said.

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20 dead as explosions hit Ariana Grande concert
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