UPDATE: Manchester Arena blast kills 22, injures 59 - BBC

09:00, 23 May 2017
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Twenty-two people have been killed and almost 60 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena, BBC News reports.


The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande, BBC reports.

PM Theresa May said her thoughts were with those affected by "what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack".

Paramedics at the scene told the BBC they had treated some of the wounded for "shrapnel-like injuries".

The prime minister has suspended Conservative Party general election campaigning and will chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee at around 09:00 local time, in response to the attack.

Mrs May said: "We are working to establish the full details" of what happened in Manchester.

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Senior counter-terrorism officers were assembling in London and liaising with the Home Office, according to BBC.

Unconfirmed reports from two unnamed U.S. officials suggested the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

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