- At least 22 people killed after explosions rang out at the end of an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester Arena
- A teenage fan and an eight-year-old primary schoolgirl are among the dead, as well as a 26-year-old man
- Video footage showed thousands fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood, when gig ended
- Horrifying video footage showed petrified children leaping over chairs and barriers as they tried to escape
- Police confirmed the suicide bomber died at the venue after an improvised explosive device was detonated
- Bomber has been named by US officials as Salman Abedi and is said to be a British citizen of Libyan origin
- US security sources say he travelled to the arena by public transport. Another man, 23, has also been arrested
- 23-year-old Grande tweeted: ‘Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words’
- Anyone concerned about missing loved-ones should call the police’s emergency hotline on 0161 856 9400
- Were you at the concert last night? If so, please call 020 3615 3908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A primary schoolgirl aged just eight years old was one of 22 people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a packed pop concert in Manchester last night.
ISIS have claimed responsibility after a terrorist – named today as Salman Abedi – set off the ball bearing bomb at the Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring 119 in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings. Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 26-year-old John Atkinson were among those killed. Of the injured, at least 12 were children were among 59 taken to hospital, with 60 others treated at the scene. Traumatised witnesses have told how of nuts and bolts tore into young music fans when the bomb was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after a concert by the US popstar ended.
The bomber – named as Salman Abedi by US officials this afternoon – was known to authorities. He died at the scene and police carried out a controlled explosion at what is believed to be his home during raids around the city today.
A 23-year-old man was also arrested by anti-terror officers as police and security services attempt to work out if the suicide bomber was part of a cell. Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
Hundreds of people are now desperately trying to track down loved ones who went missing in the aftermath of the attack, with police having to tell some parents their children have died.
Describing the scenes after the blast, a man who was at the scene told how he cradled a dying woman and saw a girl with her legs blown off. Another eyewitness told MailOnline she saw a young girl screaming ‘I don’t know where my sister is’.
Witnesses described the aftermath of the bomb as being ‘like a war zone’. Disturbing footage shot on mobile phones captured the chilling screams of fans and the ensuing stampede as fans ran from 21,000-seater stadium. US star Grande, who escaped unharmed, tweeted she was ‘broken’, adding: ‘From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.’ Her manager Scooter Braun said: ‘We mourn for the children.’
It emerged today that, around the time of the incident, an unverified Twitter account posted cryptic tweets showing the ISIS black flag alongside the hashtags #IslamicState and #Manchesterarena. The account then posted a message saying: ‘You forget our threat? This is the just terror’. His account was deleted shortly afterwards. Police have declined to comment on the messages.