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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 23 at 8:06 a.m. EST
According to a tweet from the Associated Press, a member the Islamic State group carried out the attack.
BREAKING: Islamic State group says one of its members carried out the Manchester attack that killed 22 people.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 23, 2017
Ariana Grande tweeted from her account last night:
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
In addition, it's reported Grande has suspended her world tour.
The Greater Manchester police also released a statement at 2:36 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23. In said statement, the number of confirmed dead increased from 19 to 22 with 59 others injured. GM police also confirm that the attacker died in the arena and are working to determine if it was a solo act.
UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 10:04 p.m. EST
The New York Times reports the attack appeared to involve the use of a nail bomb, according to witnesses.
UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 8:54 p.m. EST
Following their controlled explosion, Greater Manchester police confirms it was "abandoned clothing":
Officers carrying out a precautionary controlled explosion in Cathedral Garden confirm that it was abandoned clothing, not a suspicious item— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
And, according to Reuters, a suicide bomber is suspected in the explosion:
UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 8:45 p.m. EST
NBC News now reports that the Manchester Arena explosion took place in a public area outside of the venue itself. Pop star Ariana Grande was performing at the 21,000 capacity, indoor Manchester Arena on Monday night.
Greater Manchester police tweeted about their carrying out a controlled explosion, seemingly of an undetonated device found at the scene.
There will be a controlled explosion in Cathedral gardens shortly if you hearing anything don't be concerned.— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
More footage has been released from the scene. Watch the below video from ABC News.
UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 8:15 p.m. EST
The latest statement from local police on the reported Manchester Arena explosion indicates 19 people are confirmed dead and around 50 injured.
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
A rep for Ariana Grande confirmed the pop singer is safe, saying, "Ariana is OK. We are further investigating what happened." (via Entertainment Tonight)
BBC correspondent Daniel Sandford tweeted that the explosion is being treated as a "possible terrorist incident."
The North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating the incident at #ManchesterArena as a possible terrorist incident.— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) May 22, 2017
NBC News is also pointing to terrorist activity, reporting about a possible "backpack bomb" being used in the explosion.
@PeteWilliamsNBC: "Increasing confidence" among investigators this was terror attack; forensic evidence points to possible backpack bomb.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 23, 2017
Accounts from the area describe a harrowing scene after the explosion, with CNN quoting one witness as saying there was "blood everywhere."
ORIGINAL POST: Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. EST
According to BBC, police are responding to reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.
The Greater Manchester Police have released a statement that there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” and others have been injured. Police have advised to avoid the area.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
According to NBC News, law enforcement officials say at least 20 people died with hundreds injured. It’s also reported there were possibly two explosions.
NBC News: Law enforcement officials say at least 20 dead and hundreds have been injured following reports of an explosion in Manchester, UK.— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) May 22, 2017
BREAKING: Multiple senior law enforcement officials say at least 20 dead, hundreds injured. Possibly 2 explosions. https://t.co/83fc9Uorws— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 22, 2017
Witnesses have reported hearing a “huge bang” following the concert.
I was at the Ariana Grande show in Manchester. When the show had finished there was an explosion, a moment of silence and people started...— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 22, 2017
I took these before the explosion. One of the best nights of my life turned into one of the worst for so many. Praying for everyone there. pic.twitter.com/ZnchoZN4NC— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 22, 2017
The following video appears to show the moments following the explosion:
This story is developing. Check back for updates.