Published May 22, 2017Multiple people have been confirmed dead after explosions were reported at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night (May 22).
While details are scarce, local police confirmed that there were "a number of confirmed fatalities," adding that multiple people were injured. As of press time, those are all the details we have on casualties from the event.
According to Billboard, representatives from Grande's camp confirmed that the singer was okay. Concertgoers reportedly heard two large explosions before the 21,000-person arena was evacuated.
UPDATE (5/22, 8:26 p.m. EDT): NBC News reports at least 20 people have died, while the Manchester police department have reported 19 dead and 50 injured. They are treating this as a terrorist attack until they know more details. See the latest statement from the Manchester police below.
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
UPDATE (5/22, 11:50 p.m. EDT): Ariana Grande has addressed the horrific incident, as has British Prime Minister Theresa May. The UK leader stated, "We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected." NBC also reports "multiple U.S. officials say UK authorities suspect Manchester incident was conducted by a suicide bomber." According to TMZ, Grande has also now suspended her tour.
Find Grande's tweet below.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
UPDATE (5/23, 11:15 a.m. EDT): At least 22 people are now confirmed dead, with 59 more injured. Police have also confirmed a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack. Though unconfirmed by police, the Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs at the venue.