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Manchester Arena terror attack LIVE: Attacker dead, police investigating whether he acted alone

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

FP Staff May 23, 2017 12:26:16 IST
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Manchester Arena terror attack LIVE: Attacker dead, police investigating whether he acted alone

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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."

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."

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. 

07:13 (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. 

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May 23, 2017 - 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."

AFP

May 23, 2017 - 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."

May 23, 2017 - 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.

May 23, 2017 - 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."

May 23, 2017 - 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. 

May 23, 2017 - 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.

May 23, 2017 - 11:56 (IST)

Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun issues statement

May 23, 2017 - 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.

AFP

May 23, 2017 - 11:43 (IST)

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

May 23, 2017 - 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. 

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

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