A suicide bomber has killed 22 people and a left a further 59 injured at an Ariana Grande concert held at Manchester Arena last night.
Terrifying online footage shows a fan inside the venue recording when a large bang goes off in the foyer at approximately 10.30 BST. Other fans can then be heard screaming and seen running in fear towards the exit.
Three victims have been named as Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, Georgina Callander, believed to be 18, and John Atkinson, 28. The wounded, who include 12 children under the age of 16, are being treated in hospitals across Manchester.
The 22-year-old suicide bomber, named as Salman Abedi, is of Mancunian and Libyan descent and died whilst detonating in the foyer of the Arena. He is believed to be in association with the terrorist organisation ISIS who released a video claiming responsibility for the attack. This is yet to be verified. There is now a Greater Manchester Police enquiry as to whether Abedi worked alone.
News circulated social media in order to help families find their loved ones via Facebook using their ‘Marked Safe in Attack’ feature and the hashtag usage on Twitter. Several people are still missing, including Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19.
Another hashtag was also started last night to provide victims with aid and free accommodation by using #RoomForManchester.
For now, we pray for the families who have been caught up in this barbaric attack and continue to support Manchester as a united country.
Image: Manchester Evening News