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Witnesses describe terrifying scenes following explosion in Manchester

23 May 2017

"So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured".

Ariana Grande's next concert is on Thursday in London at the O2 Arena but it is now up in the air since it could also constitute a safety threat while the singer may probably in no condition to perform. "There were bodies everywhere".

"I just need my daughter home".

Officials confirmed to The UK Sun the carnage is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

News agency ANI quoted unconfirmed reports saying that an unknown terror account of a possible Islamic State sympathiser tweeted about the Manchester Arena in England, hours before the blast. Police said the incident started at 10:35 Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert.

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"There was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke", a concertgoer told The Guardian.

"Even in the minutes after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger". She would also perform a concert in Beijing on August 26, which was just announced to Chinese fans yesterday.

As the explosion tore through the lobby, terrified youngsters stampeded for the sold-out 21,000-seater stadium's exits in horrifying scenes caught on mobile phone cameras.

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Witnesses said the blasts occurred inside the arena and were designed for maximum killing power. Both my friend and I (I'm 17, he's 18) are huge fans of Ariana - or Arianators, as we're known - and we'd been looking forward to this since we bought tickets on pre-sale late previous year.

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"Later on this morning, I will be attending COBRa, chaired by the Prime Minister, to collect more information - to find out more - about this particular attack, and I can't comment any more on that at the moment".

He added: "You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you".

In a statement, it said: "Soft targets such as concert halls and nightclubs have been targeted before in Paris, Istanbul, Orlando, and Bali, with the focus not just on inflicting mass casualty, but on attacking a way of life". "People were running and people were really scared".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was ordering additional patrols at "high-profile locations" including airports and the subway "out of an abundance of caution" after the assault at the show by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande. As we did we just heard a loud bang. There were countless children present at the concert, as well as parents and teenagers. Most of the injuries were "shrapnel-like" - consistent with a bomb. The European leg kicked off on May 8 in Stockholm, and the tour was scheduled to end September 21 in Hong Kong.

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