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Twenty two people have been killed and about 59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.

Police were called to reports of an explosion at the venue at about 22:35 BST following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.

The cause of the blast is unknown but North West Counter Terrorism unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident, sources have told the BBC.

Greater Manchester Police is working to set up a contact number for relatives.

Officers have told the BBC there is a second suspect device near where the first explosion occurred.

Reporters were moved away from the scene and a controlled explosion has taken place.

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford said senior counter-terrorism officers were assembling in London and liaising with the Home Office.

British Transport Police say the explosion was in the foyer area of Manchester Arena.

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. (BBC)

 

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  • Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:30 AM

    Gota is the most worst war criminal. He should be sent to the gallows.

    Dee Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:35 AM

    Human Rights!

    fajju Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:04 AM

    Yeah Mr. President we are worried about the UK attack. But we are more worried on the racism attacks in Sri Lanka which you haven't a spoke a word about it.

    Lankan Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:07 PM

    Mr.President, u have tweeted for UK. But u ddnt say any single word or ddnt take any action for ongoing Muslim-Buddist racism issues. Dnt shed crocodile tears for UK !

    vihura Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:15 PM

    You must be nuts, they are driven by Islam that is a scourge!

    RDF Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:17 PM

    There cannot be terrorists,, they must be freedom fighters. Remember?

    Ajja Tuesday, 23 May 2017 07:57 AM

    We Srilankans deeply sympathize for those valuable lost lives with their families.As you are aware they are tasting our Menu which we tasted for 3 long decades.In fact UK was a safe heaven to all terror groups and wasn't care of what happen this part of 3rd world.Newton's third law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

    Tim Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:09 AM

    Negotiate with the rebels and redress their grievances.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:15 AM

    Is it a human right to eliminate human??

    Asia Cup Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:18 AM

    Now, will Australia

    SL Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:41 AM

    Thanks to previous regime and the war heroes ,We do not have such situation here in our country now. Gvt has the responsibility to counter all type of extremism excluding none to avoid such situation back in this country.

    SL Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:08 AM

    Those who are against Terrorism act shall go and visit Manchester,we need to implement and act against all type of extremism in this country

    lkboy Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:31 AM

    Thank you SF, Gota for ending this menace in our country.


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