Monday, May 22, 2017

Explosions At Manchester Arena Leave At Least 19 Dead, 50 Injured

From The New York Times:

The sound of explosions thundered through a concert arena in Manchester, England, on Monday night just as a performance by the pop star Ariana Grande was ending. The police reported multiple deaths and injuries as the panicky crowd of spectators, which included children, fled.

There was no immediate word from the police on the cause, but it immediately evoked the terrorist attacks in Paris in November of 2015, which included a deadly assault inside a concert arena where the Eagles of Death Metal had been playing.

People at the concert at the Manchester Arena said they heard what sounded like explosions at the end of the show.

One concertgoer, Sasina Akhtar, told The Manchester Evening News that there had been an explosion at the back of the arena after the last song. “We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running,” she said.

Preliminary reports indicate 19 dead and 50 injured.

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