TWENTY two people including children have died and 59 injured after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the Manchester Arena in the UK last night.
The blast happened around 10.30pm, just after US star Ariana Grande had finished performing at the concert.
Witnesses said the arena was packed with 20,000 fans at the time – including a large number of teenage girls, who make up most of Ariana’s fan base.
“We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device,” a police spokesman said.
Police said they are still investigating if the attacker, who died at the scene, was working alone or with a network of supporters or organisation.
A concert goer interviewed by the BBC said he had initially thought the blast was caused by a firearm. “It was kind of like a bang and then people started shouting and screaming,” the witness said. “People were falling down the stairs trying to get away.”
Ariana Grande has posted a tweet expressing her sorrow, saying: “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
The popular US star started her career on Broadway at the age of 15 and found wider fame on TV in Nickelodeon’s sitcom Victorious. She made the breakthrough with her music in 2014 with the single Problem, featuring Iggy Azalea, which reached number one in the UK and two in the US. Her other hits include Side To Side.