Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Deadly Manchester blast after Ariana Grande concert: 5 things to know

Deadly Manchester blast after Ariana Grande concert: 5 things to know

Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by the explosion at Manchester Arena.

May said security officials were not ready to release the identity of the attacker, who detonated the explosive device on Monday night near one of the exits to the Manchester Arena, where singer Grande had just finished performing. "It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out".

Maltese nationals were present at the Manchester Arena at the time of the explosion yesterday, but there are no reports of Maltese citizens being injured as a result in the attack, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reiterated his morning.

The blast rocked the foyer of the Manchester Arena as thousands of young fans and parents streamed out of the venue after the show by the USA singer, whose fan base is made up largely of teenagers and young girls. She is due to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee, COBRA, later.

Greater Manchester Police announced Tuesday that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in the south of the city in connection with the attack.

He described seeing fans - mostly children and teenagers with their parents - fleeing the area in panic. London police believe the attack, which is being treated as a "terrorist incident", was carried out by one person who was reportedly carrying an "improvised explosive device".

"Ariana is okay", a representative said.

Britain's third biggest city was hit in 1996 by a massive vehicle bomb planted at a shopping centre by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) which wounded more than 200 people. In the aftermath of the bombing, Grande, 23, had a solemn statement on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart".

Watch the segment above, and see more details on the attack. "This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom, and although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England". "As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming", Chris said.

In a statement the school said: "Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school".

There are unconfirmed reports that the pop star has cancelled the remaining shows of her "Dangerous Woman" tour.

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