No fewer than 22 people – including children – are dead and 59 more injured after a suicide bomber targeted youngsters leaving a packed pop concert at Manchester Arena last night in Britain’s worst terror attack since 7/7.
Witnesses told of nuts and bolts tearing into young gig-goers when the blast was detonated in the foyer area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station after the Ariana Grande performance ended.
The bomb went off just after the end of the concert at a time parents were leaving with their children and other mothers and fathers were arriving to pick up groups of youngsters.
Police this morning confirmed that the suicide bomber died inside the arena after an improvised explosive device was detonated.
As the explosion tore through the lobby, terrified youngsters stampeded for the sold-out 21,000-seater stadium’s exits in horrifying scenes caught on mobile phone cameras. Witnesses described the carnage as being ‘like a war zone’.
Terrified parents and children are now trying to find missing family members they lost contact with when the bomb went off.