Manchester explosion: 22 confirmed dead and 59 injured after suicide bomber attack at Ariana Grande concert

Children counted among the dead as eyewitnesses describe chaos and horror following suicide bombing.

Twenty-two have been killed and at least 59 people injured following a suspected terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

It is the worst terror attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7 July London bombings in 2005.

Footage showed thousands of people fleeing the arena in a panic after an explosion ripped through the foyer as people milled out of the arena at 10.33pm at 23rd of May.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion was heard outside the auditorium after the artist had finished her show and left the stage.

There was initial confusion on social media as to whether the loud bang could have been gun shots, or even a speaker exploding, but police confirmed the incident was being treated as suspected terrorism as the grim death toll was announced.

Reuters reported that US intelligence sources believe the attack may have been the work of a suicide bomber, although this is unconfirmed.

Casualties were taken to five hospitals throughout the city, with unconfirmed reports from medical staff of '"shrapnel like injuries" being treated and of nuts and bolts found on the ground outside the arena.

A police hotline to assist those concerned about loved ones who may have been caught up in the explosion should call 0161 856 9400.

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is asked to call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.

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