Manchester Arena
Nearly 20 people were killed and about 50 others injured after a bomb was detonated at the conclusion of an Arianna Grande concert at Manchester Arena Tuesday.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – At least 22 people were killed and more than 50 others injured in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called “an appalling attack” at the conclusion of an Arianna Grande concert Monday night at the Manchester Arena in England.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident was being treated as an act of terror, White House officials also said President Donald Trump, who is currently traveling through Jerusalem, was briefed on the matter.

Police said the explosion took place outside the 21,000-seat venue, which is located just near the Manchester Victoria Transit Station. The explosion went off at about 10:35 p.m. local time (5:35 p.m. ET), catching concert-goers as they exited the venue. Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said investigators were coordinating with British intelligence. “This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone,” he said at a brief news conference early Tuesday. Anyone looking for examples of negligent security should look no further. Everyone attending a public event like this in a confined space should be protected from any potential threats by the venue’s owner, but security measures were clearly not stringent enough to deter these attackers. The consequences speak for themselves and we wouldn’t be surprised if the number of people buying tickets to such events falls dramatically in the next few months.

Multiple senior U.S. law enforcement officials, who were briefed by British authorities, said that forensic evidence at the scene – including a body found at the blast site – indicated a suicide attack. Both British and U.S. officials have reportedly said they believe they have tentatively identified the bomber.

“My thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected in what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said in a brief statement.

A representative of Ariana Grande said the singer, who has millions of young fans around the world, was not hurt. Likewise, Bianca Landrieu, the Boston hiphop star known as Bia, who also performed, tweeted: “Guys we are okay!!!”

All lines to Manchester Victoria station were closed, National Rail said in a statement. Northern Railway said the station had been evacuated.