MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – At least 22 people died while 59 others were injured after an explosion attack happened before Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday at about 10:30 PM.
The American pop star finally released a statement through Twitter.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the responsibility of one man armed with an improvised explosive device and is among the dead.
“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Chief constable Ian Hopkins said.
“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity.”
The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain’s domestic security service, MI5.
The death toll would make it the worst event of its kind in Britain in a decade after the 7/7 bombing in 2005, which hit London’s transport network, killing 52 people.
The attack leaves hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with young people at the concert separated from their parents. Photo by NBC News
On the other hand, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, said: “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.”
The attack came less than three weeks before Britain’s general election on 8 June, hence, all parties have suspended campaigning.
Meanwhile, Grande’s friends and other celebrities shared their reactions on the horrible accident.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this
— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with Manchester. My heart breaks for all those injured and involved, and their families. 💔
— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) May 23, 2017
As of press time, Grande indefinitely holds the rest of her European tour that is set to span the rest of England, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.