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23 May 2017, 11:16 | Gerardo Harmon
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed a "suspected terrorist attack" has killed at least 19 at the MEN Arena as concertgoers were leaving an Ariana Grande show.
Greater Manchester Police's chief constable Ian Hopkins said local police in the city were working with national counter-terrorism and intelligence officials on the investigation.
It is reported at this time that Arianna Grande, 23 years of age now, was not injured by the explosion in any way, and that evacuations were mostly successful.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that officials "are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack".
Her fans, proud "Arianators", were among those who took to Twitter with prayers and tears.
Ariana Grande, 23, later said on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words". Police said the incident started at 10:35 Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert.
The incident comes in the thick of a United Kingdom general election campaign, which is expected to be put on hold on Tuesday out of respect for the victims in Manchester. She has suspended campaigning for June 7 general election and will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday morning.
They said in a statement: "Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack".
"Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives".
"Everybody was panicking", Isabel Hodgins, an actress who had been attending the concert told Sky News. "I just want her to walk through the door". She said she heard an explosion toward the end of the performance.
Social media posts from the scene showed panicked concert goers running down the arena's stairs in an attempt to get away. Police says there are "a number of fatalities" after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.
She was set to perform Thursday in London. "When we left [the main arena] there was smoke and people lying on the floor". People just dropped everything.
Bomb disposal units were dispatched to the arena after reports of an explosion.
Elena Semino, who was waiting for her 17-year-old daughter and was herself injured, told The Guardian newspaper: "There was heat on my neck and when I looked up there were bodies everywhere". "I can't even describe it".
Another Twitter user called Erin:P urged people to help him find his sister: "She's wearing a pink sweatshirt and blue jeans".
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