The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people
Georgina Callender with Ariana Grande in 2015 CREDIT: INSTAGRAM
As the first arrest was made in connection with the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May disclosed that the authorities believe they know the identity of the man who carried out the atrocity.
The first confirmed fatality was 18-year-old sixth form student Georgina Callender, an Ariana Grande “superfan” from Lancashire who met her idol in 2015 and was excited to see her on stage last night.
Meanwhile, relatives of at least 13 people missing after the attack – including an eight-year-old girl – have launched frantic searches for their loved-ones.
Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, is among the dead CREDIT: SWNS
The explosion happened in the foyer of Manchester Arena on Monday night, as crowds began leaving the concert. Witnesses – many of them teenage girls – said they heard a huge bang coming from outside the auditorium. Some mistook the bang of the bomb for exploding balloons, which had been released at the end of the concert.
Police were called at 22:33 BST and streets surrounding the arena and Victoria station were sealed off.
Twenty-two people were killed in the explosion, including an eight-year-old girl.
A further 59 people, including 12 under the age of 16, were injured and taken to hospital.
More than 240 emergency calls were made; 60 ambulances and 400 police officers attended.
After the attack hundreds of people in Manchester took to social media to offer spare beds and rooms for those stranded in the city.
Ariana Grande, who had just left the stage when the blast happened, has expressed her sorrow at the deaths.