Ariana Grande Concert Rocked by Explosion, leaves 22 dead

24 May 2017
UPDATE (5/24/17, 11:50 a.m. SGT): Twenty-two victims have been confirmed dead, including children, according to Manchester police. Grande was confirmed to be safe in a statement from her rep provided to Variety.Last night, Manchester police announced that they'd taken into custody a man suspected to be involved in the bombing. The suicide attacker himself was later identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, 22, who lived in the Fallowfield suburb of Manchester.

Police have stated that the tragedy is being treated as a "terrorist incident." On Wednesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

UPDATE (5/23/17, 11:40 a.m. SGT): Ariana Grande and her manager have issued statements. "broken," Grande wrote. "from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

UPDATE (5/23/17, 9:20 a.m. SGT): 19 people have been confirmed dead in what is currently being treated as a "terrorist incident," Manchester police have stated.

Ariana Grande's concert at England's Manchester Arena last night (May 22) ended in a mass emergency evacuation after reports of an explosion.

The 23-year-old singer is "okay," according to a statement from her rep provided to Variety.

Police have confirmed a "number of fatalities," and emergency services have rushed to the arena after what's reported to have been a single explosion. Manchester Police issued a statement on Twitter that reads, "Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured."

It's unconfirmed what the source of the explosion was, but fan-shot footage shows the frightening scene inside the venue, which holds up to 21,000 people. Officials are currently investigating.

BIA, who opened for Grande at tonight's concert, tweeted a prayer for everybody to get home safely.

This is a developing story. This post will be updated as more information comes in.

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