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Police say a lone male attacker carrying an improvised explosive device was responsible for a bombing at Manchester Arena.

The explosion at the end of a sold-out Ariana Grande concert has killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins has confirmed that children are among those who died.

Investigators are trying to establish whether the attacker, who also died at the scene, was part of a wider network.

A detailed forensic search is under way at the arena, and nearby Manchester Victoria train station remains closed.

Ariana Grande, who was not harmed in the attack, tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

Her manager Scooter Braun said they mourned "the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act".

 

Theresa May, who will chair an emergency COBRA meeting at 9am, said her thoughts were with the victims and families of those affected and has condemned "what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd also condemned the "barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society".

Major political parties have suspended General Election campaigning until further notice, and flags in Downing Street have been lowered to half-mast in honour of those killed and injured.

Several young people have been reported missing following the explosion - with concerned friends and relatives appealing for information on Twitter.

A hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for.

Footage from inside the venue showed fans running and screaming after the explosion, which happened at about 10.35pm last night.

Manchester Arena said the incident had happened outside the venue "in a public space". Others said it happened close to the ticket offices in a foyer area.

 

 

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