Manchester Blast: Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert Venue; Appalling, Says Theresa May
Updated: May 23, 2017 06:57 IST
At least 19 people were killed in an explosion at a concert in Manchester in the United Kingdom on Monday where US pop singer Ariana Grande had been performing and two US officials said a suicide bomber was suspected in the explosion.
British police said the incident was being treated as a terrorist incident.
Police carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device several hours after the blast.
If confirmed as a terrorism incident, it would be the deadliest attack in Britain by militants since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.
The blast also came two and half weeks ahead of an election in which Prime Minister Theresa May is predicted by opinion polls to win a large majority.
A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building.