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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Explosion kills 19, injures 50 at at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena

An explosion has rocked Manchester Arena in England

- The explosion went off during an Ariana Grande concert

- Scores have been injured, 19 persons have been killed

- There are fears that death tolls might rise

Emerging reports suggest that 19 people are dead and about 50 others have been injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert.

The concert was held at Manchester Arena in England.

Greater Manchester police said in a statement that they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 pm local time on Monday, May 22.

ABC reports that authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

Authorities fear that death toll might rise, following an explosion at the Manchester Arena

We gathered that at the moment, the incident is being treated as a "terrorist incident until police know otherwise,"police said.

US law enforcement officials have been informed that the leading theory is that the Manchester Arena incident was the work of a suicide bomber, though they caution that this is preliminary information, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

Investigations are still ongoing into the explosion at the Manchester Arena

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. "We're doing all that we can ... as we gather information about what happened," he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, "The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off."

She added: "Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted 'it’s a bomb' and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs.

There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing."

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