Manchester Arena attack left 22 dead and 59 injured in suicide bombing
Most people have woken up this morning to the awful news that concert goers were brutally attacked in a suicide bombing last night in Manchester. It is thought that at least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last night.
Police say the lone male attacker detonated a nail bomb in the foyer area of the arena at the end of the concert. The chaos separated children from their parents as the blast left hundreds of people fleeing in terror.
The 23-year-old singer, Ariana Grande, has indefinitely suspended her world tour in wake of the attack last night. She tweeted out to her strong following of teenage girls and children: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words"
The hashtag #roomformanchester was set up following the bombing to help the traumatised victims of the attack who were stranded in Manchester without a way home. Taxi drivers reportedly gathered in the city offering free lifts to people in need, hotels in the city centre were also sheltering children who had become separated from their parents. As many as 21,000 people were at the concert last night, many of whom were children and teenagers.
In the wake of the explosion Facebook has activated its safety check feature to help to reunite loved ones, Greater Manchester Police have also set up an emergency number for those concerned about their missing loved ones - 0161 856 9400.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack last night, use the hashtag #StandTogether if you want to share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.