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Manchester Arena terror attack LIVE: Attacker dead, police investigating whether he acted alone
  • 14:23 (IST)

    Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack

    US President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the "evil losers" behind a bomb attack at a pop concert in the British city of Manchester that killed at least 22 people.

    "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers," Trump said after meeting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.

    "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that's a great name."


  • 12:21 (IST)

    Manchester Police updates media on investigation

    Here is the full text:

    "This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

    Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

    This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in the operation during the night.

    To remind you, we were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert. More than 250 calls came in and emergency services were very quickly on scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home: 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

    We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

    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.

    We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide-ranging investigation under way.

    Our priority is to work with the national counter-terrorist policing network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack."

  • 12:17 (IST)

    Suspected Islamic State sympathiser tweeted about attack hours earlier

    After a suspected suicide blast at the Manchester Arena killed 19 people, unconfirmed media reports claim that a Twitter handle of a possible Islamic State sympathiser tweeted on the attack hours before the explosion took place. The twitter handle is now suspended.

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Manchester mayor speaks up on the attack 

    Andy Burnham, the new mayor of Greater Manchester, called the attack an "evil act". He was quoted by The Guardian as saying, "We will do whatever we can to support them. We are grieving today but we are strong."

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Police not yet revealing the name of bomber

    While the Manchester Police has now confirmed that the attack was a lone wolf attack, it has not yet revealed the name of the bomber yet. The bomber had died while detonating the bomb, the police added. 

  • 11:59 (IST)

    White House media head Sean Spicer says Trump being updated on Manchester issue

    US president Donald Trump, currently on a visit to Israel, is being updated on the situation in Manchester, White House spokesman Sean Spicer twitted.

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun issues statement

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Manchester attacker died while detonating bomb, says Police

    The man behind a terror attack at a pop concert in Manchester late Monday died when he detonated his device, killing 22 others including children and injuring 59 people, police said on Tuesday.

    Greater Manchester Police chief Ian Hopkins said the man had set off an "improvised explosive device" as the audience was leaving the concert by US pop star Ariana Grande.


  • 11:43 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 22; bomber died while detonating bomb: Police

  • 10:30 (IST)

    Xi Jinping condemns attack, says China and UK 'stand together'

    Chinese president Xi Jinping condemned the Manchester attack in his telegram to Queen Elizabeth. According to CCTV, Jinping expressed deep condolences to the innocent victims, and sincere sympathy to the injured and relatives of the dead. "The Chinese people and British people are standing side by side firmly during this difficult time," the telegram added. 

  • 10:21 (IST)

    Extra troops will be deployed after the attack 

    Assistant chief constable Robin Smith of the British Transport Police (BTP) was quoted by The Guardian as saying that there will be heightened security around the country, especially at railway stations. 

  • 10:14 (IST)

    Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull condemns attack

    "This incident, this attack, is especially vile especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers. This is an attack on innocence. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere."

  • 10:01 (IST)

    Terror strike a handiwork of some expert

    Terror analysts said the attack could have been masterminded to cause maximum damage. "The actual placement of the suicide bomber or device was put there with a specific intent to kill so this was a well-thought out plan. This was a certainly a very successful operation from the eyes of whoever carried this off," Fred Burton, chief security officer at Sratfor told CNBC. 

  • 09:49 (IST)

    Chronology of terror attacks in Britain 

    After Irish republicans ended regular bombings in 2001, terror attacks in Britain became more rare. Most attacks since have been carried out by homegrown Islamists, the deadliest remains the July 2005 assault on London transport.

    Here is the chronology of terror attacks in the last 15 years. Read the full report here more.

  • 09:41 (IST)

    White House official links Manchester attack to 2013 killing

    White House official Sebastian Gorka has tweeted that the Manchester attack might be linked to the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby, who was stabbed and hacked to death in London in 2013 by two Muslim converts. The attack had taken place on 22 May 2013. 

  • 09:32 (IST)

    Westminster lone wolf attack killed four in March 2017

    Before the Manchester attack, UK faced a lone wolf attack in March this year, when a knife-wielding man killed four at the Westminster.

    A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."

    Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament, just yards (meters) from entrances to the building itself and in the shadow of the iconic Big Ben clock tower. He died, as did three pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer.

    Read the full report here. 

  • 09:24 (IST)

    Indian politicians condemn to the Manchester blast 

  • 09:20 (IST)

    Manchester was rocked by terror attack in 1996

    Manchester city was rocked by a terror attack in 1996, when the Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a truck-bomb in the heart of the city, injured hundreds.

  • 09:12 (IST)

    Deadliest blast since 2005 comes weeks before General Election 

    Manchester Arena attack is the deadliest attack in Britain by militants since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005. The blast also came two and half weeks ahead of an election in which Prime Minister Theresa May is predicted by opinion polls to win a large majority.

    Read more here. 

  • 09:07 (IST)

  • 09:00 (IST)

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issues statement

    "My thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those who have been affected by this barbaric attack in Manchester. The Scottish government is working with Police Scotland and the UK government to ensure that we have a full understanding of the developing situation. I will convene a meeting of the Scottish government’s resilience committee this morning to receive an update and to consider any implications for Scotland."

    The Scottish National Party (SNP) has also postponed its unveiling of the election manifesto after the Manchester terror attack. 

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Injured being treated in various Manchester hospitals

    According to The Guardian, North West ambulance services was quoted as saying that 60 ambulances attended Manchester Arena in the wake of the blast. It previously confirmed that 59 people had been taken to hospitals across Greater Manchester, with some “walking wounded” treated at the scene.

  • 08:39 (IST)

    Ariana Grande reacts to the bombing: I don't have words

  • 08:28 (IST)

    Manchester taxis offering free rides to affected people

    A number of Manchester taxi services say they are offering free rides to people trapped by the incident.

    The taxi companies posted messages about the free rides on Twitter after an explosion at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. The blast killed 19 people and injured dozens more.

    The service could also be used by people trying to get to local hospitals to look for loved ones.


  • 08:25 (IST)

    Manchester residents trend #roomformanchester on Twitter to help victims 

    Here are a few tweets by Twitterati: 

  • 08:21 (IST)

    UK leaders react to the Manchester attack 

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, "London stands with Manchester - our thoughts are with all those killed and injured tonight and our brave emergency services."

    Nigel Farage, who led the anti-immigration UK Independence Party through Britain's divisive vote to leave the European Union tweeted, "Horrified at the bombing in Manchester. No doubt we will find out who the perpetrator is soon. My thoughts are with those affected."


  • 08:18 (IST)

    Canada's Justin Trudeau tweets after attack

  • 08:15 (IST)

    Ariana Grande is a social media phenomena

    The 23-year-old Grande, true to her youthful fan base, is a social media phenomenon with 105 million followers on Instagram and 45.6 million followers on Twitter. Her fans, proud “Arianators,” were among those who took to Twitter with prayers and tears.


  • 08:14 (IST)

    Manchester residents help distressed parents after blast

    Frantic loved ones of young people missing after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert have taken to Twitter and Instagram with their photos and pleas for help.

    Many Manchester residents responded early Tuesday with offers of shelter and details on locations where displaced concert-goers had been taken in.


  • 08:11 (IST)

    Full Statement of the US Dept of Homeland Security

    "We are working with our foreign counterparts to obtain additional information about the cause of the reported explosion as well as the extent of injuries and fatalities.

    US citizens in the area should heed direction from local authorities and maintain security awareness. We encourage any affected US citizens who need assistance to contact the US embassy in London and follow department of state guidance.

    At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States. However, the public may experience increased security in and around public places and events as officials take additional precautions.

    We stand ready to assist our friends and allies in the UK in all ways necessary as they investigate and recover from this incident.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this incident."

  • 08:10 (IST)

    Full Statement of the Manchester Police 

    "I can confirm the details of events tonight that we currently know. At around 10.33 pm last night we received reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena in the city centre. It was at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert.

    Currently we have 19 people confirmed to have died and around 50 people injured.

    The injured are being treated at six hospitals across Greater Manchester. My thoughts are with all those who have been affected and we are doing all we can to support them.

    Officers from GMP and emergency services are working at the scene and are supporting those affected. We are coordinating the response from GMP headquarters.

    An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. It is 0161 856 9400.

    We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise. We are working closely with the national counter-terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners.

    This is clearly a concerning time for people but we are doing all we can, working with local and national agencies to support those affected and gather information about what has happened tonight. As you will understand, we are still receiving information and updates, so will provide more details when we have a clearer picture.

    I want to thank people for their support and would ask them to remain vigilant and if they have any concerns report them in confidence to us on the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789321.

    It is important people avoid the area so that we can effectively deal with the incident."

  • 08:07 (IST)

    Manchester bombing eyewitness posts video on Twitter

  • 08:03 (IST)

    US Department of Homeland Security closely working with UK Intel partners 

  • 07:57 (IST)

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  • 07:56 (IST)

    Local businesses turn good Samaritan for lost children   

    Amid the panic after the explosion at the concert, some local businesses have taken in hundreds of displaced children and concertgoers’, whose parents are concerned about their whereabouts and are taking to Twitter to seek more information. 

  • 07:44 (IST)

    United States confirms suicide blast

    United States intelligence claims the attack was carried out by a single man and that the attack may be a suicide blast. The US intelligence agencies are reportedly helping the UK security agencies in investigating the attack. 

  • 07:40 (IST)

    Manchester Arena opened in 1995

    Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue. It has a total seating capacity of 21,000. 

  • 07:36 (IST)

    Will treat it as terror attack: Manchester Police 

    The Manchester Police's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirms that the Ariana Grande concert attack will be treated as a terror strike. The police officials also added that they are co-operating with counter-terror officials. 

  • 07:33 (IST)

    Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

  • 07:32 (IST)

    UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd issues statement

    UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd"s office has issued a statement as saying, "My thoughts are with all those affected by this barbaric act. The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging, but I am proud of the police and first responders who reacted to this tragic incident so swiftly".

  • 07:31 (IST)

    First major incident since 2005 London attack, says international media

    According to the Washington Post, if the attack is confirmed as a terrorist incident, it will be the worst strike on British soil since 2005, when bombers killed 54 people on London trains and buses.

  • 07:24 (IST)

    Celebrities condole deaths at Ariana Grande concert

  • 07:20 (IST)

    May chairs emergency meeting 

    Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday morning, Guardian reported. A statement from 10 Downing Street confirmed that police are currently treating the incident at Manchester Arena as an “appalling terrorist attack”.

  • 07:13 (IST)

    Islamic State supporters cheer attack on Telegram

    According to a report in Newsweek, supporters took to Telegram, a messaging app, to celebrate the “successful and surprising blow” to Britain. The report also noted that the supporters of the Wahabi group had celebrated the attack at Westminster too. 

  • 07:09 (IST)

    Islamic State supporters allegedly cheer attack

  • 07:08 (IST)

    Singer Nicki Minaj tweets 

  • 07:06 (IST)

    Panic-stricken people fled the venue immediately after the blast

  • 07:03 (IST)

    Theresa May prays for victims, as General Election campaigning is suspended 

    Theresa May said, "We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected." 

    In view of the current security situation, UK media reports suggest that that the election campaign has been suspended. 

  • 06:59 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the explosion in Manchester

At least, 19 are feared killed and around 50 are injured in an explosion at a pop concert in Manchester city in London, police said.

"Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday night. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured," the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

"Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene," it said.

Further details of the incident are unclear but eyewitness reported hearing a loud 'bang' from inside the venue, which was playing host to a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services.

"It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us," an eyewitness said.

"Some people were screaming they'd seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped," said another eyewitness.

The United Kingdom's Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, were blocked.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: May 23, 2017 14:23:27 IST