Manchester explosion: Here's what we know about the victims

More than 400 officers were deployed on the operation throughout Monday night.

A spokesman for Ariana Grande's record label said that the singer was "okay".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was working to establish "the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack".

Britain has been on high alert for a major attack for several years, with authorities saying that a mass-casualty attack was likely. However, the cause of the reported blast is not known. Video footage from the scene showed bloodied victims being helped by emergency services. The arena was packed with attendees and pink balloons that had fallen from the ceiling during the final song.

Sam Ward, who lives by the arena, said the loud bang he heard "was really sharp, really nothing like I have ever heard in the city center before". Others spoke of seeing people covered in blood.

A senior White House official told NBC News that President Donald Trump, who is on a visit to Jerusalem, had been briefed. "You could see straight off that they were just dead", Dawber said.

Police says there are "a number of fatalities" after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

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The incident happened just moments after Grande had finished her headlining set at the sold-out 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena.

The local emergency-response service advised the public to call only "for life-threatening emergencies".

Grande, 23, was in town performing the first of three concerts in the UK.

Many parents and teens later gathered at a nearby Holiday Inn that was established as a meeting point.

On Twitter, people offered a place to stay for those stranded in the city using the hashtag #RoomForManchester.

Added Oliver Jones, 17: "The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run". "Some of them looked dead".

Other witnesses described the panic that followed. Police said the item that had been found was discarded clothing, not an explosive device.

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "This particular attack was aimed at the most vulnerable in our society, young people, children at a concert".

Witnesses on May 22 reported hearing a "massive explosion" around 10:35 p.m. (2135 GMT/UTC) as people were leaving the Manchester Arena, where USA pop singer Ariana Grande was performing.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident was being treated as terrorism.

"An attack on one is an attack on all, and NY stands in solidarity with the British people and our friends around the world against the forces of hate and terror", he said.

It is the worst terrorist attack in the United Kingdom since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. "They said he had severed an artery".

Monday's blast comes with just over two weeks to go before Britain holds a national election. It was unclear whether campaigning would continue.

The concert was part of Grande's Dangerous Woman tour.

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