Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Broken Ariana Grande Sends Emotional Tweet After 22 Killed In Terrorist Attack At Her Manchester Concert, Saying, 'I'm So So Sorry'

Ariana Grande said she's 'broken' in a tweet after 22 people died and 59 were injured amid a suspected terrorist attack at her Monday evening concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, adding, 'from the bottom of my heart, [I] am so so sorry. [I] don't have words.'

Her manager Scooter Braun said, 'Our hearts are broken' as they mourned 'the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act,' thanking authorities in Manchester for their rapid response to the disastrous occurrence. He added: 'We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.'

The 23-year-old singer has suspended her The Dangerous Woman Tour, TMZ reported, adding that the singer was 'in no condition to perform,' and organizers take another look at security conditions for the remaining dates.

Calm before the storm: Ariana Grande, 23, was photographed at her concert at the Manchester Arena Monday in Manchester, England

Tragic incident: The explosion occurred at about 10:35 p.m. local time, after Grande walked off the stage

Speechless: The devastated singer posted a short and emotional message on her Twitter account

Concertgoers who witnessed the carnage said that at about 10:35 p.m., a pair of loud explosions were heard in the building.

Majid Khan, 22, said that 'a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone, and we were all trying to flee the arena.'

Father-of-two Shaun Hunter, who brought his daughters, ages 12 and 10 to the show, said there was a 'a stampede' of attendees toward the exits after the explosion. He noted, 'I saw one bloke carrying his daughter - she was bleeding.'

Robert Tempkin, 22, described the situation that unfolded amid the disaster: 'Everyone was screaming and running ... there were coats and people's phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.'

Ariana Grande performs at Manchester Arena moments before blast.

Kind words: Grande's manager Scooter Braun posted this poignant message

Sending prayers: Both Scooter Braun and Ariana Grande spoke out about the deadly explosion late Monday. The two were snapped in Phoenix as the tour kicked off in February.

The awful moment the 'nail bomb' explodes at Ariana Grande concert

Help on the way: Emergency vehicles headed toward the area amid the deadly incident

Horrifying: Concertgoers, many of them children, walked in bunches as they vacated the area

He said that after the initial explosion, 'essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.'

Manchester Victoria train station was evacuated, with all train rides canceled following the incident.

The explosion would mark Britain's deadliest attack since 52 people died in the July 7, 2005 suicide on trains in London Underground stations.

Ambulances rush to treat injured after Ariana concert 'explosion'

The latest: The venue addressed the incident in a solemn tweet Monday evening

Questions remain: Officers had the area cleared and patrolled amid the carnage earlier in the evening

Ongoing probe: Law enforcement and emergency responders descended upon the area after the suspected terrorist attack

Symbolic: A ribbon symbol adorned with Grande's bunny ears was making the rounds on social media Monday

In the U.S., authorities with the Department of Homeland Security said they were monitoring ongoing events in the U.K., adding that there was no immediate, credible threats against any stateside venues. Americans could expect more security guards at events and in public locations, according to the department.

Responses were flooding in from international leaders.

Police seen amongst panicking fans at Ariana Grande concert.

Sad sirens: Grande's pop peers such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Harry Styles and Selena Gomez chimed in with thoughts and prayers on the catastrophic evening

'This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers,' Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. 'This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.'

Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said, 'I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and families of the deceased and my prayers to a swift recovery for the wounded. Japan stands in solidarity with the people of the U.K.,' while addressing the possible connection to terrorism. 'If this is a terrorist attack, such abhorrent acts of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism.'

Grande's tour, her third time hitting the international concert circuit, kicked off with a February show in Phoenix. Further stops on her immediate concert trail included scheduled dates in Antwerp, Belgium; Lodz, Poland and Frankfurt, Germany. The tour was slated to extend through fall, wrapping up September 21 at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld–Arena.

The aftermath: Law enforcement descended upon the area, which was cordoned off amid the ongoing probe

United in love: Concertgoers Vikki Baker and her 13-year-old daughter Charlotte on Tuesday emerged from a Park Inn they were given shelter at amid the chaos of Monday's events

The day after: Roads leading to the arena were blocked off as the investigation continued on Tuesday

Probe continues: Forensic investigators worked at the scene of the explosion early Tuesday.

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