An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed 19 and injured over 50. It’s being investigated as a terrorist attack executed by a suicide bomber.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the explosion happened near an entrance to the 21,000-seat arena as concertgoers — many of them adolescent fans of the singer — were beginning to leave the arena just minutes after Grande’s concert ended.
Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins made a public statement early Tuesday local time saying the wounded are being treated at six hospitals across the Manchester area.
Multiple senior U.S. law enforcement officials briefed by British authorities informed NBC News that forensic evidence at the scene — including a body found at the blast site — indicated a suicide attack. British and U.S. law enforcement officials said they believed they had tentatively identified the bomber.
Ariana Grande was not injured and recently sent out the following tweet:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
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