Tonight we reported on a disaster at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, where a possible explosion sparked a panicked rush to get out of the building and multiple deaths. Now it appears we can rule out an accident.
CNBC reports that at least twenty people are dead and hundreds more may have been injured — and that authorities now believe it was indeed a terrorist attack:
U.K. authorities suspect the incident was conducted by a suicide bomber, according to multiple U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
Preliminary reports indicated that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the Manchester Victoria transit station, which is part of the greater arena complex, the U.S. officials said.
The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.
If the attack targeted the outside of the building (another report suggested the bomb went off at or near the ticket booth), that would explain why the initial cell phone video of people fleeing the scene showed no fire, smoke, or structural damage.
Manchester police have put out a statement putting the toll at 19 deaths and approximately 50 injuries, but sadly, there’s precedent for such numbers to keep climbing:
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
Another report from hospitals in the area leaves little doubt that what we saw was terrorism, and gives sickening details of the savagery we face:
BREAKING: Sources from Manchester hospitals say they're receiving patients with injuries compatible with a nail bomb pic.twitter.com/HEQnZDbTkY
— Rob S (@RobPulseNews) May 23, 2017
H/T: Hot Air