United Kingdom political parties suspend election campaign after Manchester attack

Police at Manchester Arena

Police at Manchester Arena

British prime minister Theresa May said United Kingdom police and security services believe they know the identity of the suicide bomber.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives as the American singer wrapped up her show Monday night in Manchester for thousands of her so-called Arianators, the name adopted by her fans - many of them teenagers and 'tweens. It happened in the foyer, despite reports that it occurred outside the venue.

Grande had just finished performing and left the stage when concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang. And then everyone just went really quiet.

Manchester resident Charlotte Campbell told CNN as she was still waiting for news on her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Trains are not running to, from or through the station, with services diverted or cancelled.

Greater Manchester Police said they arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of links to the attack, while a second man was detained at the city's Arndale shopping centre but was "not now believed to be connected to last night's attacks". Police are trying to find out whether the attacker acted on his/her own or with accomplices.

Ms May says police are treating the deadly incident as a terrorist attack and if confirmed it will rank as the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

The attack sparked a nightlong search for loved ones - parents for the children they had accompanied or agreed to pick up, and friends for each other after groups were scattered by the blast.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the victims and their families in "what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack". US President Donald Trump slams attackers as "losers".

"All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd decried "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society - young people and children out at a pop concert", the AP said. Like the great city of Manchester, our comedy gig will be back on Monday 16 October and we will raise even more money to help disadvantaged, disabled and terminally ill in the North West'.

Britain's third-biggest city was hit in 1996 by a massive vehicle bomb planted at a shopping center by the Irish Republican Army that wounded more than 200 people. But especially in more sparsely populated areas, police federations have argued that training efforts are proceeding too slowly and that the few armed officers available would likely arrive at the scene of an attack too late.

"Terrorism will be uprooted only by taking comprehensive measures, and avoiding double standards", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Tuesday.

There was mass panic after the explosion at the end of the concert, which was part of Grande's The Dangerous Woman Tour. A representative said the singer was not injured.

Grande, who was not hurt, tweeted out that her heart is broken.

Ariana Grande's manager sent the following out on Twitter, saying, "Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack". "Everyone was screaming, and people were running", she said.

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