POLICE are treating the ‘massive’ blast that killed 22 and injured 59 people at the Manchester Arena as terror-related. Greater Manchester police say the attack at the end of the Ariana Grande concert “was conducted by one man” who died at the arena.
The injured are being treated at eight hospitals across the city.
Police have issued an emergency contact number – 0161 856 9400 – for anyone concerned about their loved ones or anyone who mav have been in the area.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I can confirm that around 10.33pm last night we received reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena in the city centre. It was at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert.
“We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise. We are working closely with the national counter terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners.
“This is clearly a concerning time for people but we are doing all we can working with local and national agencies to support those affected and gather information about what has happened tonight As you will understand we are still receiving information and updates so will provide more details when we have a clearer picture.
“I want to thank people for their support and would ask them to remain vigilant and if they have any concerns report them in confidence to us through on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321.
It is important people avoid the area so that we can effectively deal with the incident.”
— #PrayForManchester (@BeingTheKiller) 23 May 2017