Explosion reported at Manchester Arena; Fatalities, Injuries Confirmed

By: channelnewsasia

LONDON: British police said they are responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday (May 22), where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing.

In a statement posted on Twitter, police confirmed there were a number of fatalities and injuries due to the incident.

It urged members of the public to avoid the area.

“Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena,” Greater Manchester Police said in an earlier statement.

A witness who was at the venue in the northern English city of Manchester where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing said she felt a massive explosion as she was leaving the concert.

“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.

“It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.”

A video posted on Twitter showed fans screaming and running inside the venue.

A spokesman for the singer said she “is okay”.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

Source: Reuters

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