Manchester is 1/6 Muslim now and 16 other jihadis have come from here. People like Robert Spencer are demonized and poisoned (watch his video), while jihadi preachers (funded by our friend Saudi Arabia) and websites (protected as free speech) flourish on FB, Twitter, Youtube, etc. as conservatives are censored. See Dawa by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Btw, why don’t the leftists expose the addresses of fundamentalist anti-gay, anti-women, child mutilators for humiliation and retaliation, as they do orthodox Christians??
From the Daily Mail:
Suicide bomber kills 22 and injures 119 by detonating ball bearing bomb at packed Ariana Grande concert
- At least 22 people killed after explosions rang out at the end of an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester Arena
- A teenage fan and an eight-year-old primary schoolgirl are among the dead, as well as a 26-year-old man
- Video footage showed thousands fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood, when gig ended
- Horrifying video footage showed petrified children leaping over chairs and barriers as they tried to escape
- Police confirmed the suicide bomber died at the venue after an improvised explosive device was detonated
- US security sources say he travelled to the arena by public transport. Another man, 23, has also been arrested
- 23-year-old Grande tweeted: ‘Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words’
- Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn suspended election campaigning and said thoughts were with the victims
A primary schoolgirl aged just eight years old was one of 22 people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a packed pop concert in Manchester last night.
ISIS have said one of its ‘soldiers’ set off the ball bearing bomb at the Ariana Grande concert. At least 119 people were injured in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.
Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 26-year-old John Atkinson were among those killed. Of the injured, 59 were taken to hospital – of which at least 12 were children – and 60 were treated at the scene.
Traumatised families have told how of nuts and bolts tore into young music fans when the blast was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after a concert by the US popstar ended.
The suicide bomber, who was known to authorities, died inside the arena and police carried out a controlled explosion at what is believed to be his home during raids around the city today.
A 23-year-old man was arrested by anti-terror officers in the south of the city as police and security services attempt to work out if the suicide bomber was part of a cell. Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
Hundreds of people are now desperately trying to track down loved ones who went missing in the aftermath of the attack, with police having to tell some parents their children have died.
Describing the scenes after the blast, one eyewitness told MailOnline she saw a young girl screaming ‘I don’t know where my sister is’. Another man told how he cradled a dying woman and saw a girl with her legs blown off.
Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos (left), from Preston, and 18-year-old Georgina Callander (right) have been named as victims. It is feared many children are among those killed, as well as parents who had accompanied their youngsters to the concert or were picking them up
Forensics officers emerge after inspecting the horrific scene where a suicide bomber killed 22 people as they left a pop concert at the Manchester arena last night. Police know the identity of the bomber but have not yet named him
This photo shows the aftermath of the suicide bomb which ripped through the foyer of the venue killing parents and children
Bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by armed police outside the arena after explosions rang out at the gig
This was the scene inside the Manchester Arena last night after the terror attack at the teen concert
A man comforts a child wrapped in a white blanket. Lots of other children were seen being cared for by police and passers-by
A huge number of police – including armed officers carried out a raid on a house in the Fallowfield area of the city today
Armed officers arrested a man in south Manchester today with police saying the action was linked to the attack
As the explosion tore through the lobby, terrified youngsters stampeded for the sold-out 21,000-seater stadium’s exits in horrifying scenes caught on mobile phone cameras. Witnesses described the aftermath as being ‘like a warzone’.
US star Grande, who escaped unharmed, tweeted she was ‘broken’, adding: ‘From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.’ Her manager Scooter Braun said: ‘We mourn for the children.’
It emerged today that, shortly before the incident, an unverified Twitter account posted cryptic tweets showing the ISIS black flag alongside the hashtags #IslamicState and #Manchesterarena.
The account then posted a message saying: ‘You forget our threat? This is the just terror’. His account was deleted shortly afterwards. Police have declined to comment on the messages.
Eight-year-old victim was ‘simply beautiful’
Eight-year-old victim Saffie Roussos has been described as ‘simply beautiful’.
Chris Upton, the headteacher of her school, Tarleton Community Primary, said: ‘The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.’
It continued: ‘Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.
‘Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.
‘We are a tight-knit school and wider community and will give each other the support that we need at this difficult time.’
Eyewitness Jane Hanson, 44, was watching the concert from a box inside the packed arena with her 16-year-old daughter Andrea.
She told MailOnline she heard a ‘massive bang’ and saw a ‘stampede’ of people sprint out of the venue with one girl shouting ‘I don’t know where my sister is’.
She said: ‘We were just getting ready to leave and there was a massive bang below. We initially thought it came from the stage but then we saw smoke below us. I saw children hysterically crying and panicking. One man was carrying children in his arms.
‘One girl was ran outside the venue and was shouting ‘We don’t know where my sister is’. Children were just running for their lives. It was blood-curdling.
‘It seems that the explosion happened at the front and those who decided to get up and leave just as it finished would have been caught up in the incident. We didn’t know which way to turn and I was scared that we would walk down the wrong path.’
Chris Parker, 33, said: ‘I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming. There was people lying on the floor everywhere.
‘I saw a little girl … she had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said ‘where is your mum and daddy?’ She said ‘my dad is at work, my mum is up there’.’
He said he thought the child’s mother had died from her injuries.
Mr Parker added: ‘She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family. I haven’t stopped crying. There were nuts and bolts all over the floor. People had holes in their back.’
Greater Manchester Police said a controlled explosion was carried out at an address in Fallowfield as part of the investigation into the bomb attack.
Officers also executed a search warrant at a property in Whalley Range, the force added.
A neighbour of the Fallowfield address, believed to be the home of the bomber, told MailOnline: ‘There was an explosion and then police with guns rushed into the house.
‘It was about 12.10 today. It was really frightening. I heard the explosion and then I went out and got my kids from school.’
A police cordon blocks the entrance to the residential street on south Manchester. The St Kentigerns Primary School is across the main road.
The bomber is believed to have entered a foyer area of the venue through doors opened to allow young music fans to leave
This graphic shows where the explosion took place, in the foyer area, leading towards Victoria railway station
This distressing picture purportedly shows the inside of the arena after the suicide attack at the Ariana Grande concert – its veracity has been confirmed by the two witnesses
Concert-goers helped injured people away from the gig last night. Witnesses describe the scene as ‘like a warzone’
Crowds of children could be seen streaming outside of the arena throughout the evening as the scale of the attack became clear
A woman sitting on a wall comforts a girl wrapped in a white blanket. Distressing scenes like this one were a reminder of the huge number of young people in the venue
A man comforts a child after leaving the concert hall. Parents faced a frantic time trying to track down their children
Witnesses reported hearing a ‘huge bang’ at the venue shortly after US singer Ariana Grande’s gig finished
Casualties are stretchered out of the concert on Monday evening after a terror attack in the Ariana Grande concert
A Twitter account – which was unverified – posted this hours before the attack, warning of a terror attack
Suicide bomber ‘was known to authorities’
The suicide attacker is said to have been ‘known’ to the authorities and anti-terrorist officers are going through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage trying to ‘pick him up’ during his journey to the arena.
Officers also believe that he will have carried out a ‘recce’ to the giant venue in recent days and a separate team are studying footage going back into the past week.
Forensic and bomb squad officers are studying the remains of the device recovered so far but initial indications are that the bombmaker had used a ‘level of sophistication’ suggesting he had received training and not made it from ‘a terror recipe’ on the Internet.
One security source told MailOnline : ‘It is unlikely that if the device was sophisticated that the suicide bomber made it – experience shows that organisations are reluctant to ‘waste’ the expertise of a bombmaker in an attack, preferring to keep him or her for another attack.’
Witness Evie Brewster, who had been taken to her first concert by her mother, told MailOnline how the boom of the explosion echoed around the arena at the end of the gig.
‘Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded,’ she said.
‘Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit. We could hear the police and ambulance sirens. It was terrifying.
‘There were thousands of people trying to get out at once. They were all screaming and crying. The whole place smelt smokey and burnt. The explosion sounded like it was inside the building somewhere.’
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins today said they believe the man acted alone and they are trying to establish whether he was part of a network.
He added that children are ‘among the deceased’ and said this morning: ‘This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.
‘Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives.
‘Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones.
‘As you will appreciate this is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to the news of the events last night.’
Two of the walking wounded, Vikki Baker and her 13-year-old daughter Charlotte, were among the walking wounded
An photo from last night shows emergency services tending to injured people on the platform at Victoria Station
The area was locked down by police this morning as experts examined the scene to establish what happened
The arena is one of the biggest in Europe and parents had brought children from around the country to attend the concert
Forensics officers were brought into the foyer area where the bomb went off this morning as the investigation begun
Manchester’s Chief Constable added: ‘To remind you, we were called at about 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena. This was at the conclusion of the Ariana Grande concert.
‘We then received more than 240 calls and emergency services responded very quickly to the scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for their loved ones who may not have returned home, these numbers are 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.
‘We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe at this stage the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.
‘The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.
‘We would ask people not to speculate on his details or share names. This is a complex and wide ranging investigation.
‘Our priority is to work with the National Counter-Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.’
Video footage showed thousands of people fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood, after concert finished. Many people appeared to have lower-limb injuries.
Ariana Grande has attracted an overwhelmingly young fan base ever since appearing as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s high school sitcom ‘Victorious’. Pictured: Crowds of adults and children leaving Manchester Arena
Pop concerts and nightclubs have been a terrorism target before. Almost 90 people were killed by gunmen at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal in November 2015. Pictured: Concert-goers sit by a wall outside the venue
A boy accompanied by an adult carries a dog outside the arena, where crowds of police were gathered. Greater Manchester Police said they will be releasing a contact number for missing people as soon as possible
After the incident police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains cancelled
A woman speaks on her phone as a group of concert goers walk past on the pavement. A police officer stays at hand to help direct people away from the scene
‘This does not appear to have been a carefully planned attack involving multiple actors, extensive surveillance of the target or exotic materials,’ said a U.S. official. Pictured: An armoured police vehicle patrolling near Manchester Arena
Scooter Braun, Ariana Grande’s manager, said: ‘Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed.’ Pictured: A makeshift emergency services base outside Manchester Central Fire Station
Officers watch on as a Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal robot moves into place behind a security cordon outside Manchester Arena
No militant group has claimed responsibility so far but Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media. Pictured: Police patrolling the Manchester streets
Crowds of people were seen outside the venue speaking on mobile phones, presumably to contact loved ones or tell relatives they were ok
Manchester Arena said on its website that the blast struck outside the venue as concertgoers were leaving. Pictured: Children holding hands walking away from the scene
May is due to chair a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee later Tuesday. She and other candidates suspended campaigning for Britain’s June 8 election after the blast. Pictured: A child being cared for by police
Extra police on the streets of London
Scotland Yard has put extra armed officers on duty in London in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick condemned the attack as ‘utterly appalling’ as she announced the additional security in the capital.
London has been on high alert since the Westminster atrocity two months ago.
Ms Dick said: ‘We are providing every possible support through the counter-terrorism network as investigators work tirelessly to understand what has happened.’
She continued: ‘Here in the capital we put extra police officers on duty as Londoners started their journeys into work.
‘This will continue for as long as it is needed, and the mix of armed and unarmed officers are there to reassure.’
Witness Abby Mullen from Airdrie, who was at the event, also described the carnage.
‘As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me,’ she said. ‘People’s skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.
‘I’m still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody.
‘That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.’
Outside the arena, shocked concert-goers struggled to find ways home as the adjoining Victoria station was closed.
Chris Parker, 33, told how like many others he was heading towards the box office when he heard the explosion.
He told The Sun: ‘There was nuts and bolts flying everywhere, and also human flesh. It was just one bang and a white flash.
‘I treated a woman called Pauline. I’ve got blood on my hands. It was like a war zone inside where the box office is.’
Gary Walker told the Daily Star: ‘The nuts must have been packed in the device that’s exploded – there’s nowhere else they could’ve come from.’
This picture shows the layout of Manchester Arena – the explosion happened in the foyer area leading to the railway station (in the bottom left corner)
A woman spotted being helped by emergency services following the terror attack in Manchester
A man with a bandage on his head exits the arena after the terror attack inside the Manchester Arena
Lots of concert-goers wore foil thermal tops to stave off the cold as they waited outside the venue next to members of the emergency services
Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours after the incident: ‘Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.’ Pictured: A girl on the phone next to a group of police
Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said police were treating the blast as a terrorist incident and were working with counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies. They gave no further details on their investigation
A young girl is helped by police after the horrific incident inside the teen concert this evening
One picture, purportedly published from the scene on social media, appeared to show bodies in the lobby area of the arena. Late last night two witnesses confirmed its veracity to MailOnline.
A North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman tweeted: ‘NWAS has taken 59 casualties from the Manchester Arena incident to various hospitals and treated a number of walking wounded on scene.’
A spokesman said the explosion happened within the foyer area of the venue, leading towards Victoria railway station. A bomb disposal unit were also spotted arriving at the scene.
Greater Manchester Police have told people still in need of assistance to go to the Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City FC.
Senior counter terror officials met in London in the early hours of today, the BBC reported, with PM Theresa May set to hold a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee this morning.
She also announced a suspension of campaigning for next month’s General Election, adding her thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected in ‘what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack’.
Politicians of all parties were quick to condemn the atrocity. Nigel Farage said the ‘direct attack on children’ marked ‘a new low’ for terrorists.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added: ‘Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.’
Heavily-armed officers watch on as a colleague with a dog walks along the pavement. Greater Manchester Police say they are working with intelligence agencies to investigate the attack
Prime Minister Theresa May said the government is trying to establish ‘the full details’ of the attack. Pictured: A young victim wearing a foil thermal top is helped by police
Bomb disposal units were seen outside the venue. A controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens was later confirmed as an item of clothing
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: ‘This is a shocking and horrific attack targeting children and young people who were simply enjoying a concert.
‘My deepest sympathies are with the victims, and with families who have lost loved ones, as well as those desperately waiting for news.
‘I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the emergency services. This is an attack on innocent people and the nation is united both in its grief and its determination to stand up to this deplorable attack.’
Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram tweeted: ‘My 2 daughters caught up in the Manchester explosion at the arena. They are thankfully safe, but I fear for others.’
He posted later: ‘Confirmed deaths at the Manchester arena. Feel sick to think that people have lost their lives at a gig attended by so many young people.
‘All my thoughts go out to those parents waiting to hear of the safety of their children. It’s a parents worse nightmare. So, so sad.’
And celebrities, including former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand, also paid tribute. Rio said: ‘Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester… hope everyone is safe and sound!’
Armed police carrying assault rifles were quick to arrive at the scene. Police said they are treating the incident as terror-related ‘until we know otherwise’
Armed officers surrounded the venue after the explosion at the end of a performance by US singer Ariana Grande
Friends consoled one another outside the venue after the terror attack in Manchester on Monday evening
Other witnesses contacted MailOnline throughout the night to give their accounts of the outrage.
One woman, Laura, 22, told MailOnline: ‘There was a woman leaning against a car in the car park with her head down, covered in blood and a little girl being lifted away by paramedics. There were quite a few people injured in the car park.’
Her friend, Livvy, 22, added: ‘We saw the explosion happen. Bits of it hit me. My first thought was, ‘that’s a bomb’.
‘It was just when we were leaving. We saw a flash of light and smoke. We’re really shaken up. If we had been there moment earlier we would have been caught up in it rather than seeing it.’
Jonathan Yates, 24, from the Wirral, said: ‘The concert had finished and the lights came on almost instantly. There was a bang, a weird bang. There were lots of balloons but I thought to myself that can’t be a balloon, that’s not normal.
Around 60 people caught up in the terror attack were reported to have been taken in by Holiday Inn hotels near the arena.
Holiday Inn was unable to confirm the number of people it was helping but said it had supported them throughout the night by offering ‘immediate refuge’.
A spokeswoman said: ‘The hotel teams at Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre and Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre – Arena have both been working closely with the emergency services throughout the night, supporting members of the public who needed immediate refuge.
‘The hotels are fully operational and continue to offer support.’
The ambulance service warned people only to call ‘for life-threatening emergencies’ and said a ‘large number of resources’ were at the incident
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: ‘This is an absolutely horrifying incident and our thoughts are with everyone affected.’ Pictured: Paramedics wheel away a casualty inside Piccadilly Station
Police chat to concert-goers following the horrific attack at Manchester Arena this evening
Armed police spotted outside the gig following reports of an explosion at the venue during the Ariana Grande gig
A policeman talks to a crowd of concertgoers outside Manchester Arena. Politicians have tweeted messages of support for the victims
A man with an injured legs guides a teenage girl outside of the venue following the blast, the cause of which has not been determined for certain
A group of concert-goers sit down near a metal barrier. Witnesses who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building
Armed police descended on the venue after the terror attack at Manchester Arena tonight
British Transport Police said in a statement: ‘Officers are at Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion within the foyer area of the stadium at 10.30pm this evening.’ Pictured: Emergency services in Victoria Railway Station
Sir Richard Leese gave his ‘heartfelt thanks’ to the emergency services for their work in responding to the incident. Pictured: A casualty is taken away from the arena on a stretcher
Nick Schurok, 28, from Manchester, told MailOnline: ‘There was a bang in the left tunnel and everyone went to the middle tunnel. Then about two minutes later, there was another bang. The bang was so loud and crowds of people were running. There were lots of children and families there.’
Jenny Brewster, Evie’s mother, said: ‘We were exiting the building when it happened. We’d headed towards the main doors as Ariana was performing the last song because we wanted to beat the crowds, but – as we made our way there – a wall of security men blocked it and told us to go the other way.
‘Seconds later they shouted ‘RUN!’ and the explosion happened right behind them. Hundreds of people were running and screaming. Those men saved our lives.’
Catherine Macfarlane said: ‘We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.
‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.’
Two women support each other as they walk away from the concert venue. The pink balloon being carried is a reminder of the huge number of children who attended the performance
This was the view of the street outside Manchester Arena last night after there were explosions at the Ariana Grande gig
A bloodied man with a bandage around his head stands outside the venue. He is covered with a foil blanket for warmth
The city’s mayor, former Labour MP Andy Burnham, tweeted: ‘If you are stranded in the area you can… follow #RoomForManchester where hotels and local people of our great city are offering refuge.’ Pictured: Emergency services in Manchester Victoria Station
Manchester suicide bomb is Britain’s worst outrage since 7/7
The suicide bombing that killed at least 19 people and left 50 more injured in Manchester Arena is the latest in a string of attacks in Britain.
It is the worst in more than a decade, after the June 2005 London Tube bombings where 56 people were killed by suicide bombers. It’s the first terror strike on Manchester itself since 1996, when an IRA bomb outside a shopping mall injured 212.
Here is a list of recent atrocities that have struck the UK:
Westminster Attack – On March 22, 2017, Islamist Khalid Masood killed four people after mowing his car through crowds on the Westminster Bridge.
Leytonstone knife rampage – On December 5, 2015, Somali-born Muhiddin Mire, 30, went on a knife rampage at a ticket hall at Leytonstone Underground station and tried to slit one man’s throat.
Lee Rigby – On May 22, 2013, Fusilier Rigby was ‘mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered’ by Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, who ambushed him outside military barracks in Woolwich, South East London.
London 7/7 Tube bombings – On July 7, 2005, four Islamist extremists detonated three bombs in backpacks in the London Underground. More than 700 were injured and 56 were killed.
1966 IRA bombing – On June 15, a lorry packed with 1.5 tons of explosives was detonated close to Marks & Spencer and the Arndale shopping centre. No one died by 212 were injured.
Majid Khan, 22, said: ‘I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
‘It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.
‘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.’
Jane Pearson, 46, a high school English language mentor from Chadderton, Greater Manchester, had gone to the concert with her daughter, Rachel, 21, as a birthday treat.
She said the arena was packed full of young children.
Mrs Pearson said: ‘It’s the worst kind of people who could even consider doing something like this and quite frankly those sort of people, they deserve the worst punishment ever.
‘I can’t imagine what goes in to the heads of these people that want to hurt children? And families who have come together for such a happy occasion. It’s disgusting. It’s absolutely disgusting.’
Erin McDougle, 20, from Newcastle said: ‘There was a loud bang at the end of the concert. The lights were already on so we knew it wasn’t part of the show.
‘At first we thought it was a bomb. There was a lot of smoke. People started running out. When we got outside the arena there were dozens of police vans and quite a few ambulances.’
Sophie Tedd, 25, from Darlington, said the noise and smoke seemed to come from the tiered seating stage right. ‘We were sitting on that side then suddenly there was this big bang in the block next to us,’ she said.
‘Everyone started screaming and we nearly got trampled on. There was a burning smell.’
Robert Tempkin, 22, from Middlesbrough, told the BBC: ‘Everyone was screaming and running, there were coats and people’s phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.
A man wearing a white towel walks next to a police officer. Concertgoers affected by the terror attack have been offered shelter by locals
Armed police flooded the scene in central Manchester following the terror attack at the pop concert last night
There were reports that a Holiday Inn hotel near Manchester Arena had taken in ’50+ children’ who were unaccompanied at the gig. Pictured: Paramedics, watched by police, help casualties
21 YEARS AFTER MASSIVE IRA BOMB BLAST
Nobody was killed but 212 people were injured after a lorry packed with 1.5 tons of explosives was detonated close to Marks & Spencer and the Arndale shopping centre.
The blast caused £700million in damage as the bomb – the biggest detonated on the mainland since the war – destroyed shops and office buildings within a half-mile radius.
Just minutes earlier police had directed shoppers away from the vehicle and a bomb squad was called in but were unable to defuse the device in time.
The IRA had telephoned warnings about 90 minutes before the blast on Corporation Street in the city centre.
In 2015, Pakistani national Abid Naseer was convicted of plotting terror attacks after being extradited to the US from the UK. He had been living in Manchester where he plotted to kill hundreds in a bombing attack at the Arndale shopping complex during the busy Easter weekend.
Erika Ignata, 18, from Cheshire, was at the concert with her 26-year-old sister, Monica.
She told MailOnline: ‘We were on the ground floor when Ariana sung the last song. There was a massive sound which we immediately though was a bomb.
‘I just grabbed my sister and we were running for the door, it was absolute chaos. All around me there were little girls.’
Ms Ignata described running outside and seeing crowds of parents crying and trying to contact their children on the phone.
She added: ‘Me and my sister ran and got into our car which was about 50 yards away from the Arena. I saw lots of girls crying and mums calling out.
‘Lots of people shaking and calling on the phone trying to get in touch with people.’
Sasina Akhtar said: ‘We were in the lower tier and there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena.
‘We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.’
A barman at the nearby Steven Charles Snooker Club, who gave his name as Tyler, said he saw people lying on the ground covered in blood.
‘We’ve had a few people in with panic attacks and in all kinds of disarray,’ he told Press Association. We’ve got four girls here – trying to get them sorted to get picked up.
‘There was a gentleman on the floor with his leg all bleeding and woman with blood down one side of her face. We felt something but didn’t know what it was – there was a sound like thunder.
‘One girl had a panic attack and another had streaming tears, a woman had a heart attack just outside. It’s a lot of teenagers – they’re all in tears.’
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