At least 19 people are killed and 50 wounded in an explosion at a concert by singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday. U.S. officials say it's a suspected suicide bombing, and British police are treating it as a terror attack. Eve Johnson reports.
The moment a suspected suicide bomb exploded in the Northern English city of Manchester on Monday night (May 22). Inside screaming and chaos as fans at an Ariana Grande concert run for safety At least 19 people killed and 50 injured in the blast. U.S. officials say the attack fits a pattern by Islamic State of focusing on soft targets. British police are calling it a suspected terror attack. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAN HOPKINS, CHIEF CONSTABLE OF GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE SAYING: "We are working closely with the national counter-terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners. This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone. It is important also that people here in Manchester avoid the area around Manchester Arena so the emergency services can continue to effectively deal with the incident at that location." Authorities also say they've destroyed a suspicious device found several hours after the blast. Monday night's explosion would be the deadliest militant attack in the UK since 52 people were killed by suicide bombers in London in 2005. The blast went off around 10:30 at the Manchester Arena - the largest of its kind in Europe. A large portion of the crowd were children. Ariana Grande says she's "broken" over the tragedy tweeting, "I'm so, so sorry. I don't have words." Other celebrities are also sending in their condolences. Katy Perry tweeting that she's praying for everyone at the show. And Demi Lovato writing, "Tearing up imaging innocent concert goers losing their lives." Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe" meaning authorities believe a militant attack is highly likely.