A bomb exploded in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert last night.
The Guardian reported that at least 22 people were killed and 59 were injured.
“At around 10.33pm last night we received reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena in the city center,” said Greater Manchester chief constable Ian Hopkins in a statement.
“The injured are being treated at six hospitals across the Greater Manchester,” Hopkins added.
The incident is investigated as a suicide bombing and the police are treating it as a terrorist attack “until we know otherwise”.
“We are working closely with the national counter-terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners,” said Hopkins.
Assistant chief constable Robin Smith of the British Transport Police (BTP) said: “As the public would expect in response to an incident such as this, extra BTP officers will be on patrol at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country.”
“Throughout the day, commuters can expect to see additional officers on their journey. This will include both armed and unarmed officers,” Smith added.
Police have since arrested a 23-year-old male in South Manchester in connection with the incident.
The Problem-singer is currently on her Dangerous Woman Tour in Europe.
A few hours after the incident, Grande tweeted that she is: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words”.
Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, John Mayer and Taylor Swift were among the many voices that sent out their thoughts and prayers to the people of Manchester and to Grande on Twitter.
*the amount of people injured has been adjusted as new information came to light. –Franco Havenga