Twin Explosions Rock Manchester Concert, 22 Killed


Update: Indian High Commission in London has issued a Public Response Unit number and urged any Indians affected by the blast to get in contact.

“Any Indians injured during Manchester attack today may reach off-office hours Public Response Unit of HCI ASAP at 020 7632 3035,’ tweeted the Indian High Commission.

Update: Death toll rises to 22. Sole attacker died while detonating IED, says police.

Update: 19 dead and 50 injured. UK police had said that Manchester Arena blast “being treated as a terrorist incident” of suicide bombing. Worst incident in UK since 2005. Pop singer Ariana Grande has been safely evacuated.

British PM Theresa May has called for an emergency meet.Relatives use social media to search for the missing.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and also expressed condolences.

London: Two explosions reported at end of concert at Manchester Arena in Britain. Emergency services have rushed to Manchester Arena after reports of two explosions.
Video footage showed people fleeing in tears from the venue after reports of explosions at the end of an Ariana Grande concert tonight.

Evie Brewster, who attended the concert, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grange had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded. ‘Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit. ‘We could hear the police and ambulance sirens. It was terrifying.

‘There were thousands of people trying to get out at once. They were all screaming and crying. The whole place smelt smokey and burnt. ‘The explosion sounded like it was inside the building somewhere.’ Jonathan Yates, who attended the gig, said: ‘As the Ariana Grande concert finished there bangs like gunshots – it was terrifying so many people running and crying.’

One witness wrote on Twitter: ‘Just ran from an explosion, genuinely thought we were gonna die.’ Another said: ‘Explosion at Manchester Arena, we were evacuated, a LOT of police here.’

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area. More details to follow…’
A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘We are aware of an incident at Manchester Arena. We have officers at the scene and will provide further updates as soon as possible.’

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