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Manchester explosion: Here's what we know about the victims

23 May 2017

Elena Semino and her husband were waiting by the arena ticket office for her daughter when the explosion went off.

Sasina Akhta told the Manchester Evening News: "She did her last song, we were in the lower tier and there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena".

Taxis and local people offered free rides to those affected.

He says Australian diplomats were working to discover if any victim was Australian. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this terrible attack.

There were children among the 22 killed in the attack, while 59 people were injured, Greater Manchester Police chief Ian Hopkins said early Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was "heartbroken" by the explosion in Manchester and said that state law enforcement would step up security and patrols.

Britons are due to go to the polls on June 8.

The attack appears to have been either in the main hallway of the arena, or just outside the building, British Transport Police said.

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"And I'm telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find".

"It was mayhem on the street, there were children crying, trying to get in touch with parents, parents on their phones trying to contact their kids", she said.

In addition some city residents opened their homes to provide overnight lodging for people who were stranded by the shutdown in some train services because of the incident.

United Kingdom: an explosion at the #Manchester arena occurred during a concert, causing casualties.

A US Department of Homeland Security statement said it was "closely monitoring" the situation.

The Department of Homeland Security said after the explosion that USA citizens should "maintain security awareness".

In Turkey, 39 people died when a gunman attacked New Year's revelers at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.

Police are treating it as a terrorist incident until they know otherwise.

Many eyewitnesses reported they were exiting the venue when the explosion happened.

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"Broken", the 23-year-old singer wrote on Twitter.

"My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love". Police have not said if other suspects were involved in the planning.

The British government is planning an emergency Cabinet meeting for later Monday morning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement saying Canadians are "shocked" at the incident.

The 23-year-old American singer was performing at the Manchester Arena on Monday night as part of her Dangerous Woman tour when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device.

Ariana Grande tweets that the incident has left her "broken".

Greater Manchester Police said there are a "number of confirmed fatalities and others injured" and emergency services are at the scene after reports of an explosion. Manchester Arena holds about 21,000 people, making it slightly larger than PNC Arena in Raleigh, which holds 19.500 for center-stage concerts and 18,800 for end-stage performances.

One fan at the concert with his sister described how the apparent explosion happened as fans were leaving the arena. "At this time, there is no nexus or known threat to the Chicago area but as always, we encourage individuals to report any suspicious activity to 911".

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