Manchester concert blast leaves at least 22 dead
At least 22 people are dead and around 59 have been injured after an explosion at a concert arena in Manchester that is being treated as a terrorist attack, according to overnight reports.
The blast occurred as an Ariana Grande concert was finishing at Manchester Arena on Monday night. As the news broke, Grande tweeted that she felt “broken”.
Theresa May is to chair a Cobra meeting on Tuesday morning. Overnight she said: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
The main political parties have all suspended campaigning for the general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured.
“Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.”
Manchester’s newly elected metro mayor, Andy Burnham, will speak at 7.30am.
The attack happened while many Brits were sleeping, but international leaders have already been offering their condolences. Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, tweeted that: “Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester.” The Parliament of Australia paused for a minute’s silence in remembrance of the dead.