#AceNewsReport – May.23 This is what we know so far as Residents in Manchester are using the hashtag #RoomforManchester to offer a place to stay for those displaced after the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert. Metro U.K. reported that trains into the city have been canceled, and there are concertgoers without a place to go.
Vigil to be held for Manchester terror attack victims in Albert Square at 6pm
// Metro #AceNewsDesk
The first floral tributes to the victims of the terrorist attack are placed on the empty streets on Shudehill (Picture:Getty Images)
A vigil will be held in Manchester’s Albert Square this evening in honour of the 22 victims killed in the terror attack last night.
Thousands are expected to turn up to show solidarity and support for all those affected by the attack in Manchester Arena at 6pm tonight.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham confirmed the vigil and said: ‘This was an evil act. We are grieving today but we are strong.’
22 people were killed and 59 injured when a suspected nail bomb went off shortly after an Ariana Grande concert last night (Picture: PA)
At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured when a suspected nail bomb went off shortly after the Ariana Grande concert on Monday evening.
Police were called to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at 10.33pm, shortly after US singer had finished her performance.
Swarms of emergency services at the Manchester Arena after an explosion (Picture: PA)
More than 240 calls were made to the emergency services (Picture: Cavendish Press)
Tributes are left in the city centre of Manchester (Picture: PA)
Victims described being thrown by the blast that scattered nuts and bolts across the floor.
More than 240 calls were made to the emergency services, with responders including 60 ambulances flooding the area.
More than 400 police officers were deployed as part of the operation, with a visible presence remaining on the streets of Manchester on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister has condemned the ‘appalling’ incident and General Election campaigning has been suspended.
Here’s what we know about the Manchester attack so far:
- The attack was carried out by a lone male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device.
- 22 people have been killed and 59 have been injured in the blast
- Children are among the dead
- The lone attacker died at the arena
- Police are investigating whether he acted alone or was part of a network
- It is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
- The explosion rocked the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of a performance by the American star Ariana Grande.
- Manchester Arena said the explosion happened outside the venue, as people began streaming from the doors.
- Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the venue at around 10.33pm and approach roads were closed.
- They said the blast was “being treated as a terrorist incident”.
- More than 400 officers were deployed on the operation throughout Monday night.
- Manchester Victoria station was evacuated and trains cancelled.
- The victims are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.
- The Prime Minister condemned what was being treated as an “appalling terrorist attack” and said she would chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday.
- All national General Election campaigning was suspended after the explosion.
- A controlled explosion was carried out by police at the Cathedral Gardens area near Manchester Arena shortly after 1.30am.
- Police said the suspicious item at the centre of the controlled explosion was just abandoned clothing.
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