Police have confirmed at least 22 people were killed and 59 others injured in an apparent suicide bombing at an arena in the city of Manchester in north west England. The attack occurred around 10:30 pm on Monday, May 22 just after the conclusion of a pop concert. Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said on Tuesday: “The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity.” Hopkins named the suspected attacker as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, but said that his identity has not yet been confirmed by the coroner. Many news outlets are reporting that the incident was a suicide bombing, but whether Abedi intended to die in the attack is still uncertain. Greater Manchester Police, the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services are investigating the bombing as an act of terror.
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First reportsManchester police said in a statement that they responded to reports of an explosion in the foyer of the arena just before 10:35 p.m. BST (2135 GMT) on Monday. Video and images posted on social media late Monday showed people screaming and running away in the aftermath of the initial incident. Manchester Arena is one of the biggest indoor venues in Europe with a capacity of around 21,000 for concerts. Many of the people inside the arena were young people attending a pop concert. Witnesses said they heard one or two loud bangs and saw a number of injured people. The injured are being treated at eight hospitals around Manchester. David Ratcliffe, medical director of North West Ambulance Service, said 12 children under the age of 16 were among the 59 people taken to hospital after the attack. Around 60 others were described as walking wounded.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE— hannah 🐝 (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017