Last night, around 10:30 p.m., Ariana Grande finished a concert at the Manchester Arena when an explosion went off in the foyer near the merchandise section. News reports say that 22 people were killed, including children, and many more were left injured.Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, condemned this horrific incident calling it a “callous terrorist attack.” The Guardian reports that the police say the attacker was also killed after detonating the homemade explosive device.
“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said, according to The Guardian. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
“Ariana was off the stage, she’d finished her set,” Calvin Welsford, 18, told CNN. “I looked around because I heard this big bang, people screaming and crying and flooded towards the stage.”
“It was mayhem on the street, there were children crying, trying to get in touch with parents, parents on their phones trying to contact their kids,” said Karen Ford, who took her 13-year-old daughter to the concert, according to the Daily Intelligence. “I brought my baby home, which some people won’t be (able to do) tonight.”
This morning, local police in Manchester said that they did arrest another suspect that could be connected to the attacks:
With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester.
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
The police also report that as of this morning many people are still missing.
The first victim of the Manchester attack has been identified as 18-year-old Georgina Callander, who was in her second year of college.
— Sophie 🪐 (@flosdeluca) May 23, 2017
Ariana Grande sent out a tweet early this morning expressing her condolences.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Other pop stars also expressed their sadness, not only to those hurt by attack but also to Ariana.
Thoughts, prayers and my whole ❤️ are with Manchester this evening.
— jlo (@JLo) May 23, 2017
My heart is with you, Manchester. 😔💛🙏
— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) May 23, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
We’d like to extend our heart and prayers to everyone in Manchester.