London: Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was turned into a mourning ground of dead and injured when a powerful blast ripped through the massive ground where concert was being held. As many as 19 people were killed in the huge blast and several dozen people were sustained injuries. Many of the injured people are in serious condition.
A Reuters report citing the US officials claim that it might be a suicide bombing. Nonetheless, this hasn’t been officially stated thus far by the British officials, though the British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.
Ariana Grande was expected to be among the most successful tours of any American artist in Manchester, UK. Preparations for the tour were being made for the last several months and at the time of explosion, the place was overflowing with thousands of people who had bought tickets for the concert much in advance.
Latest updates suggest that more than fifty people are being treated for different types of injuries and officials claim that the condition of many of the injured is serious.
A Reuters report while quoting a person who attended the concert said “she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building”. Catherine Macfarlane, who was in the audience said, “We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming…It was a huge explosion — you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”
Meanwhile an NBCNews quoted U.S. officials as saying that initial reports indicated that some of the casualties might have been caused by a stampede of concert-goers.
The explosion has forced the UK political parties to suspend the campaigning for parliamentary elections slated to be held on June 8. Leaders of major political parties — including May, head of the Conservative Party, and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour opposition — agreed to suspend campaigning for June 8’s general election until further notice, British news organizations reported.
In the meantime Scooter Braun, Grande’s manager in a statement said the singe thanked “Manchester’s first responders, who rushed towards danger to help save lives…We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers,” he said.