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Confirmed fatalities in Manchester Arena 'explosion'

An injured woman is helped by police offices after the explosion
People fleeing what is thought to have been an explosion at Manchester Arena

Here's what we know:
:: Police have confirmed a number of fatalities after reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena
:: The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the "loud bangs" were heard just after the concert ended
:: The cause of the bangs has not yet been confirmed


A spokesman for Ariana Grande has said the singer is "okay", adding: "We are further investigating what happened".

Here's what we know:
:: Police have confirmed a number of fatalities after reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena
:: The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the "loud bangs" were heard just after the concert ended
:: The cause of the bangs has not yet been confirmed

Oliver added: "In so much shock and panic.
"You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you.
"I just had to run and make sure me and my sister were safe."

Another witness Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister and said he was in the toilet when he heard a "loud bang" just after the concert had finished.
He said: "The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.
"I (saw) people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way.
"Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.
"Reports of blood and people injured."

A bit more on the travel situation, with trains at a standstill at Manchester Victoria station:
National Rail says emergency services are dealing with an incident near Manchester Victoria, resulting in all lines being closed.
They add: "Trains are currently unable to run to/from Manchester Victoria. Some trains will be cancelled throughout or start / terminate at alternative stations. Disruption is expected to continue until end of the day."

Majid Khan, 22, was at the concert with her sister and said she heard a "huge bomb-like bang that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena".
She added: "Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there."

Suzy Mitchell, 26, whose flat is opposite the venue, told the Press Association: "(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we're on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
"The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.
"Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can't see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars."

Greater Manchester Police have warned people to stay away from Manchester Arena as officers respond to an "incident", amid reports on social media of an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at about 10.45pm.


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