Posted By Staff Reporter
At least 22 people are dead and about 59 others injured after a suspected terrorist incident at a concert in northern England where Ariana Grande had been performing, British police have confirmed.
The US pop singer had just finished performing at Manchester Arena to an audience that included many teenagers and children when there was an explosion at the venue.
Video posted on Twitter showed hundreds of fans fleeing after the concert, while a witness said she “felt the blast in her chest”.
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” witness Catherine Macfarlane said.
Other concert-goers said they heard “one or two loud bangs” at the end of the concert as the lights were coming back on.
Earlier reports said the explosion had happened in the foyer about 10:30pm (local time) but a statement from Manchester Arena said the incident took place “outside the venue.”
Residents living nearby said the bangs were loud enough to shake their apartment.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Australian High Commission in London was making urgent enquiries to determine if any Australians had been involved in the incident.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said police were working to establish the full details of the incident, which is being treated as “an appalling terrorist attack”.