Earlier today there was a horrific attack on young and innocence teenagers at a Ariana Grande concert, where 22 people have been killed and 59 injured after an explosion at Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande. The explosion was between the arena box office and the Victoria Train station , after security stopped a suspicious man from getting into the arena – that would have killed many more people in the concert. The man waited till the concert was over , and exploded the boom outside of the arena , as the people started to leave.
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, said : “This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims who have been affected, and I know the whole country will share that view. I’d like to pay tribute to the emergency services who have worked throughout the night professionally and effectively; they have done an excellent job. The public should remain alert but not alarmed. If they have anything to report, they should approach the police. The great city of Manchester has been affected by terrorism before. Its spirit was not bowed; its community continued. This time it has been a particular attack on the most vulnerable in our society. Its intention was to sow fear; its intention is to divide. But it will not succeed.”
Ariana Grande, who was not hurt in the explosion, which occurred just moments after her show finished, tweeted that she was : “broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Our news staff and crew have meet Ariana many times in the past at major events, and she always has been especially nice and friendly to all of us. We will keep all of the people at the concert and their families in our prayers. Greater Manchester police has set up a hotline for those concerned about relatives or friends who might have been caught up in the Manchester explosion: 0161 856 9400.