Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Several dead at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK after explosion

Several dead at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK after explosion

Reactions to the deadly terror attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England have started flowing in from key players of the United Kingdom music business, including BPI, AEG Live and UK Music chief Michael Dugher. Also killed was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos, who a teacher called "simply a lovely little girl in every aspect of the word" who was warm, kind, "and unassuming, with a creative flair".

The Islamic State group says one of its members planted the bombs.

ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack. That claim couldn't immediately be verified by USA TODAY.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called it an "appalling" act of terror, and the Queen described the attack as an "act of barbarity". He says, "It's not going away and it needs significant attention". Two US officials who have been in contact with British authorities said he was believed to have travelled to Manchester from London by train. Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.

World leaders, including Pope Francis and President Donald Trump, expressed sympathy and profound dismay over the attack.

Dozens of people were taken to hospitals across the city for treatment. He prayed for "God's blessings of peace, healing and strength" upon Britain. "And I mean completely obliterated", he said.

Flags are also flying at half-staff outside the European Commission in the heart of Brussels, the Belgian capital.

Robinson said she took dozens of teenage girls to the nearby Holiday Inn Express hotel and tweeted out her phone number to anxious parents telling them to meet her there.

"We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage", May said.

Many parents were waiting for their children in and around the Manchester Arena when the blast rocked the foyer of the venue as thousands of young fans and parents streamed out following the gig on Monday evening.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and music fans caught up in the horrific attack in Manchester".

Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, joined the condemnations of the attack.

"Greater Manchester Police have provided an emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area". Witnesses in the Whalley Range district said armed police had surrounded a newly-built apartment block on a usually quiet tree-lined street.

Plain-clothes officers wearing gloves removed bags from an apartment. He said there was smoke in a main corridor outside the arena seating and stage area as he and others were heading out of the building.

The explosion struck near the exit around 10:30 p.m. Monday as Grande was ending the concert, part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. "They let us get in without any check if we have anything with us".

"We ran out", she told Reuters. "They nearly didn't check our bags, they didn't take a look". Twitter users circulated the MissinginManchester hashtag to help people looking for family and friends.

Those named as missing included Olivia Campbell.

Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old college student, was one of the first victims confirmed dead from the attack.

The local ambulance service said 59 people were taken to hospitals.

"She's not turned up", Campbell said of her daughter.

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