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Death toll in terrorist attack at Manchester Arena during Ariana Grande show rises to 22

It's been confirmed the attacker died at the arena.

By Jessica Lynch

UPDATE 5:00PM:

Authorities have confirmed that the death toll from the Manchester Arena attack has now risen to 22. Speaking at a press conference, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins revealed that the person who carried out the attack was likely carrying an explosive device,

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity,” Constable Hopkins said.

According to the Manchester News, 19 of the victims died inside the arena, while three victims unfortunately died in hospital.

UPDATE 2:00PM:

Ariana Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, has released an official statement to Billboard following the terror attack that killed 19 people at the singer's show at Manchester Arena.

"Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack," Braun wrote. "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

Worried friends and family of those attending the gig have taken to Twitter in an attempt to contact loved ones that have not been in contact since the attack, and are being urged to use to try the following:

UPDATE 12:55pm:

Ariana Grande has revealed her devastation over the terror attack that saw 19 concertgoers killed and over 50 injured at her show at Manchester Arena.

TMZ has also reported that she has suspended her world tour indefinitely in the wake of the bombing.

Posting to Twitter, she said:

"Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

ORIGINAL:

Following the devastating incident at Ariana Grande’s concert where 19 people were confirmed killed and over 50 injured after what’s believed to be a terror-related blast rocked Manchester Arena, the singer is said to be understandably 'inconsolable' over the tragedy.

An insider has revealed to TMZ that the Focus songstress is “in hysterics” over the disaster, and that her next show which is set to take place at O2 arena on Thursday may not go ahead due to safety concerns, as well as the fact that she’s in “no condition to perform”.

Joseph Carozza, Grande's publicist with Republic Records, told the LA Times,

"Ariana is OK. We are further investigating what happened,"

While Universal Music Group have released a statement on Facebook, saying:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight's devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

Several fans have captured the moment concertgoers heard the 'loud bangs', with many screaming and rushing to the exits to flee the stadium in a panic. The Emmerdale actress Isabel Hodgins, who was at the concert, revealed that she smelled burning, telling Sky News,

“There was a bang and the arena and there was a lot of screaming. We just saw lots of people coming out from one section of the arena,” she said adding, “It’s terrifying. My heart goes out to anyone who has been hurt…We feel very shaken up but lucky to have got out of there.”

Another witness, Jane Pearson, revealed to The Telegraph that smoke engulfed the arena following the blasts which took place next to where she was seated.

"Well it was just at the actual final moment of the concert. Then all of a sudden this loud explosion, followed by a ton of smoke was coming up from the left of me. Then just absolute chaos. Disbelief, everybody running over each other not quite knowing what had gone on. Mad chaotic rush to nearest exit, lots of people crying and wailing. Really upsetting for everyone concerned."

Greater Manchester Police revealed on Twitter that the explosion is being treated as a 'terrorist incident until police know otherwise'.

Meanwhile, celebs have taken to social media to express their condolences for all those affected by the heartbreaking catastrophe.

Our thoughts go out to all the friends and family of those affected, as well as Ari and her team.