Ariana Grande Leaves for Florida after Concert Bombing Leaves 22 Dead and 59 Injured


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Twenty-two people have been killed and at least 59 people injured in a terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, on 22nd May

Children are known to be among the dead.

It is the worst terror attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7 July London bombings in 2005.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion was heard outside the auditorium after the artist had finished her show and left the stage.

Casualties were taken to five hospitals throughout the city and victims described being thrown by the blast that scattered nuts and bolts across the floor.

Miss Grande has returned home to her family in Florida as she continues to mourn the lives lost in the bomb attack at her Monday night (22May17) concert in Manchester, England.

The Problem hitmaker had just wrapped up her show at Manchester Arena when a suicide bomber detonated a device directly outside the venue, targeting fans as they headed home.

The death toll currently stands at 22, with at least 59 others injured, and Ariana shared a few words on Twitter late on Monday, admitting she was “broken” by the tragedy.

“from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry,” she added. “i don’t have words.”

Announcing that the death toll had risen overnight, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: “What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased.”

He said: “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.”

Mr Hopkins said investigators believed the attack was conducted by one man who died at the scene, although detectives are working to establish if he “was acting alone or as part of a network”.

 

Ariana has since flown back to the U.S. to be with her loved ones in Boca Raton, where she was photographed arriving on Tuesday. According to People.com, the 23-year-old was greeted at the airport by her relatives.

“It’s so, so sad,” a source tells the outlet. “She loves her fans and is absolutely crushed and devastated as you can imagine. She can’t believe this happened. She just wants to be with her family and loved ones right now.”

Reports suggest she has cancelled her next two dates in London on Thursday (25May17) and Friday (26May17), while the rest of the European leg of her Dangerous Woman Tour remains in limbo as her management team assesses the situation.

Another insider tells Entertainment Weekly, “As of right now, the tour is not cancelled. Right now, the focus is on the victims and grieving for them. We’re not focused on the tour.”

Ariana is physically “fine”, but emotionally, “a mess”, a source explains, adding, “She’s just absolutely beside herself.”

Police in Manchester have made arrests in connection to the bombing, but it is believed the 23-year-old suicide bomber himself was killed in the blast.

Thousands of city locals staged a vigil for the victims of the attack on Tuesday (23May17).

 

 


 

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