By Dani Graham
An explosion at England’s Manchester Arena that went off as a concert for American singer Ariana Grande was ending has so far left 19 dead and approximately 59 injured.
The tragic event is being treated as a terrorist attack. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”
The explosion happened at 10:35 PM local time (5:35 PM ET) just minutes after the concert ended just outside the arena near Manchester Victoria transit as people were exiting. The station has been evacuated and all lanes are currently closed.
Witnesses described people screaming and running for safety. It is suspected that some of the casualties may be the result of the stampede that occurred in the aftermath of the explosion.
Forensic evidence at the scene suggests that it was the work of a suicide bomber whose body was found at the site of the explosion and is said to have been identified.
The Manchester Arena which, built in 1995, is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas with a seating capacity of 21,000.
The U.S. government continues to monitor the situation in Manchester as the U.K. keeps them informed as information becomes available. Although there have been no specific threats made the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that “the public may experience increased security in and around public places and events as officials take additional precautions.”
Here is the latest statement from the Greater Manchester Police
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017