It is thought that 22 people – including children – have died, with at least a further 59 injured as a result of last night’s attack at Manchester Arena, UK.
An explosion occurred at 22.35pm on Monday evening as fans began to leave their seats following a concert by Us singer Ariana Grande. Police believe that the assailant, a lone male, died in the blast having detonated an improvised device.
Following the attack, stories of astonishing compassion and courage have been circulating. Reports telling of Manchester residents’ willingness to provide food, shelter and any assistance they can in the wake of the devastation have been as notable in their number as they in their heartening nature.
According to Chief Constable Ian Hopkins described the attack as “the most horrific incident” that Greater Manchester has ever witnessed. He advises that the “fast-moving investigation” being conducted by police was attempting to ascertain whether the attacker was “acting alone or as part of a network”.
In the wake of the incident, relatives have been using social media sites to attempt to establish a connection with family members that might have been caught up in the blast. An emergency number: 0161 856 9400 has been set up to assist those affected.
Photographs of many young people are being shared on social media by concerned family members and friends who have not been able to make contact since the explosion took place last night.
One mother’s heartbreaking plea was heard on Good Morning Britain this morning.
A tearful interview from the mother told of her desperate hunt for her daughter, Olivia Campbell, who is 15 years old. Her mother Charlotte says that she has not heard from her daughter since 8.30pm last night.
“All I know is she was at the Manchester Arena with her friend watching Ariana Grande and she’s not turned up yet
I can’t get through to her. I’ve called the hospitals, I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people say that children have been taken.
I’ve called the police. There’s no news, I’ve just got to wait. I’m waiting at home just in case she turns up here.”
Meanwhile, photos of those still missing this morning were posted on various social media platforms in the hope that it would help to reunite concerned families with their loved ones.