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22 killed and 59 injured in explosion at Manchester Arena

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By Jacqueline Grima
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Manchester is waking up to the devastating news that 22 people have died and 59 have been injured after a suspected terrorist incident at the city’s arena last night. The incident happened at the Ariana Grande concert, when a bomb is believed to have exploded in the venue’s foyer at approximately 10.30pm. Many young people are children are among the dead.

Reports are coming in that a man, 23, was arrested in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing in South Manchester this morning.

A further arrest has been made at the Arndale shopping centre but is unconnected to bombing. The area has now been made safe and people are being allowed back inside.

Police believe that a lone attacker who died at the scene was responsible. Victims have been taken to a number of hospitals across the city.

Greater Manchester Chief constable Ian Hopkins said, “This is the most horrific incident we have ever faced.”

Recently elected Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham said this morning. “After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock anger and hurt that we feel today. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill. This was an evil act.”

He added, “We are grieving today but we are strong.” He then went on to praise the emergency services for their work as well as the city’s residents who went to the scene to help.

Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency Cobra meeting at Downing Street.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted:

Anybody concerned about friends or loved ones can telephone 0161 856 9400. This number is specifically for people looking for anybody who might have been caught up in the attack. Victorian Station and a number of roads will be closed for the forseeable future.

Anybody affected by last night’s events can contact the Manchester Met Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service on 0161 247 3493 or visit the service website.

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