This post is being updated as more information comes in.
UPDATE 7 a.m.: The death toll from last night’s attack has reached 22, with 59 injured. Eight hospitals have taken in victims. One suspect appears to have died in the blast, while local police report a 23-year-old man believed to be involved has been arrested.
There are reports of an explosion or explosions during a Ariana Grande concert tonight in Manchester, England. According to reports, two loud “bangs” went off shortly after Grande’s performance at Manchester Arena, which was quickly evacuated.
Manchester police have confirmed 19 fatalities and roughly 50 others injured in what is being treated as a terrorist attack. The suspected device allegedly exploded outside the arena, possibly to target those leaving the venue as Grande’s show wrapped up.
Variety is reporting through the singer’s reps that she is “okay.” The NMEreports that Manchester police have advised people to “stay away.”
A Manchester resident named Suzy Mitchell tells the Press Association, via the NME: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds. The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks. Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.”
Via the Independent, Majid Khan says: “I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10,45pm-ish, a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
Video from the chaotic scene is below.
UPDATE: 6:49 p.m.: Manchester Police have confirmed multiple fatalities.