Manchester terror attack: what we know so far
23 May, 2017 10:39
Here is what we know so far about last night's terrorist attack following the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
- 22 people have been killed and 59 have been injured in the blast
- Children are among the dead
- The attack was carried out by a lone male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device. He died at the arena
- Police are investigating whether he acted alone or was part of a network
- A vigil will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, in Albert Square, Manchester,
- 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.
- :President Donald Trump expressed his "deepest condolences" to the victims and branded the attackers "evil losers".
- Extra police officers have been put on duty in London in the wake of the attack, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced.
- Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester metro mayor, called the atrocity "an evil act".
- Prime Minister Theresa May 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.