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LONDON, May 23./TASS/. At least 19 people were killed and around 50 others injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena, Greater Manchester Police tweeted.
"So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured," the report said.
NEW VIDEO: from inside the Ariana Grande concert when the bomb went off pic.twitter.com/gMGhOmtGGC— #prayformanchester (@loveawiana) 23 May 2017
Manchester police have confirmed they treat the blast at Manchester Arena as a terror attack. Initial signs point to a suicide bomber as the cause of the blast, Reuters reports referring to US officials who spoke on conditions of anonymity.
"This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise," police said in its communique on Twitter.
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY— G M Police (@gmpolice) 23 May 2017
"Just before 10:35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena," the report said.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) 22 May 2017
Earlier, eyewitnesses reported two loud explosions right after a concert of US singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena housing 21,000 people. According to local media, minors were the main audience at the concert.
More than 50 police cars and ambulances were rushed to the arena. Police have cordoned off the scene. Manchester Victoria station near the concert venue has been closed and all trains have been cancelled.