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A deadly explosion has reportedly occurred in the northwestern British city of Manchester, with a number of fatalities.
British police said that there were “a number of confirmed fatalities” after reports of the explosion during a pop concert at the city’s arena early on Tuesday. People have been warned to stay away from the arena while investigation is underway.
Police said the blast left at least 19 people dead and about 50 others injured, adding that the incident was being treated as a “terrorist” act.
According to witness accounts, a huge bang was heard from inside the arena causing panic and sudden rush in big crowds. Police has surrounded the Victoria train station.
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” a witness said. “It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.”
Emergency services were also found to be heading to the area. The police have confirmed fatalities without giving further details.
British Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “appalling,” and said her thoughts are with the victims of the Manchester’s arena.