Celebrities React To The Bombing At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester

This morning Britain woke up to the worst terror attack it has seen since July 2005.

At around 10:33pm local time (5:33pm ET) on Monday, a suspected suicide bomber detonated a bomb that killed 22 people and injured at least 59 at an Ariana Granda concert in Manchester. Among this death toll were children.

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Manchester Arena, which opened in 1995, is one of the largest indoor venues in Europe. More than 1 million people fill its 21,000 seats every year.

It is suspected that the lone bomber who detonated the improvised device did so in an act of terrorism, and they were killed during the attack.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters “We have been treating this as a terrorist incident… Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.”

The bomb went off shortly after Ariana Grande left the stage following her performance.

As thousands of happy fans were leaving the arena, they heard a loud bang and the venue shook in repercussion.

Victims explained that they were thrown by the blast, which scattered nuts and bolts across the floor and reported seeing smoke and smelling burning in the foyer.

More than 240 calls were made to the emergency services, with responders including 60 ambulances flooding the area and more than 400 police officers deployed as part of the operation.

Ian Hopkins said investigators believed the attack was conducted by one man who died at the scene, although detectives are working to establish if he “was acting alone or as part of a network”.

The UK is currently in the midst of General Election campaigns, but these have now been suspended and Prime Minister Theresa May is chairing an an emergency Cobra meeting at 9am local time.

Grande, who left the event unhurt, later tweeted:

broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.

The pop singer wasn’t the only celebrity shaken up by the horrific event, and many others have voiced their condolences on Twitter:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.