Following the end of a concert by Ariana Grande as part of her ‘Dangerous Woman’ tour yesterday (May 22nd 2017) at the Manchester Arena, an explosion occurred just outside of the venue within the foyer area, which has tragically resulted in 22 deaths and over 50 injured attendees.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:33PM, and the Greater Manchester Police are treating the matter as a terrorist incident. The attack was reportedly carried out by a lone male using a self-detonated improvised explosive device. The suspect has not yet been publicly identified. Their motive is also unconfirmed.
Armed police have also arrested a 23-year-old man in Chorlton, South Manchester, in connection with the attack.
The explosion reportedly happened within the arena’s foyer area, which acts as one of venue’s main entrance and exit points, and was seemingly timed to set off as the concert goers were leaving once the concert came to an end. Along with acting as an entry and exit point, the foyer area also hosts an official merchandise sales point, and the venues main ticket box office.
— Joe Gregory (@JoeAaronGregory) May 22, 2017
Shortly following the explosion, Manchester Victoria train station, which adjoins the Manchester Arena, was subsequently closed with all trains cancelled for the evening and the following day (May 23rd 2017). Trams will still operate but will go through the train station and will not complete its stop at its station there.
Performer Ariana Grande has also been confirmed to be safe. The 23-year-old pop star sent the following tweet earlier this morning following the events.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Within moments of the reports circulating, many people online based in Manchester were offering spare rooms, beds, food, water, and transportation using the hashtag #RoomForManchester for anyone who’d been affect by the events.
The event is said to be the most deadly terror related incident carried out in the UK since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. It’s also the most deadly terror related incident in Manchester since the IRA bombing of the Arndale shopping centre in 1996.
The Manchester Arena, which has previously been named the Manchester Phones 4U Arena and the more commonly known Manchester MEN Arena, is one of the world’s busiest indoor arenas, and hosts the highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the UK.
According to a 2016 report, it was the fourth highest ticket sales venue in the world and is host to multiple shows each week, having previously hosted some of the biggest names in music, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rammstein, Slipknot, You Me At Six, All Time Low, Muse, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and many more.
A dedicated emergency number has been established for relatives following the attack. Anyone concerned about loved ones can call 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.
We here at DEAD PRESS! send our deepest thoughts and condolences to all who have been affected by this tragic incident.