a summary of the manchester explosions as of 3am manchester time:
-there was a bombing around 2 or 3 hours ago during an ariana grande concert in the manchester arena -there were 2 initial explosions -explosions were confirmed in a foyer outside of the arena -police were on the scene within minutes -the MA holds 21k people, and it was sold out -there was much panic and many people were lost -the manchester holiday inn is holding 50+ lost children and adults -COBRA meeting is scheduled around 9am manchester time -19 confirmed fatalities and 50+ injured -a controlled blast was set off in cathedral gardens on suspicious item -people in hospitals being treated for shrapnel and crush injuries -people report seeing nuts and bolts strewn across the floor -ariana is confirmed to be unharmed -there is a heavy police presence and ambulances are coming in and out of the scene -the city is on a high terrorist watch -US officials suspect a suicide bomber -no one has claimed credit -it is confirmed it is a terrorist attack, becuase not only did it target children, but also at the weakest time, when they were starting to leave through the foyer where the explosion occured.
numbers to call:
-police line to recieve updates on family and friends: 0161 856 9400 (or 836, i am not positive, i apologize)
-holiday inn numbers:
please stay safe everyone in manchester and surrounding areas! stay informed and help signal boost tweets and posts of lost children who have people looking for them. PLEASE ONLY CALL AMBULANCES IN MANCHESTER IF IT IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. THEY ARE EXTREMELY BUSY.
Following a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena Monday evening, the community is rallying together to offer support to those affected by what is believed to be a terror attack.
Using the hashtag #RoomForManchester, people are offering shelter, transportation and food to victims of the explosion. Read more (5/22/17 9:25 PM)
Hasel Afshar, 33, isn’t Muslim. He’s Baha'i, but that didn’t matter to the people that vandalized his home this week.
After taking a three-day vacation, Afshar — an Iranian refugee — returned to his home in Troutdale, Oregon, to find it vandalized with racist epithets and bullets in the shape of a cross. “Terrorist,” “Muslim” and “Get out of America” were spray painted in red all over the walls in his home. A threatening letter also accompanied the graffiti.
“If I see you here next month, I will shoot you and burn your house,” the note read, according to Outlook, a local newspaper in Oregon.
In 2010, Afshar fled religious persecution in Iran. But after living in the U.S. for about seven years, he’s once again enduring religious and racial persecution. Read more. (3/31/17, 12:01 PM)
At least 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Fifty-nine people were injured when a man detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer of Manchester Arena at 10.30pm on Monday, just as Grande was finishing her set.
Three of the victims have been identified so far. The youngest was an eight-year-old girl.
ISIS has claimed one of its members carried out the attack.
Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as an act of “appalling, sickening, cowardice”. May said that authorities believe they have identified the man but would not be naming him publicly at this stage. Security services are working to establish whether he acted alone or as part of a wider group.
Greater Manchester Police said they arrested a 23-year-old man in the south of the city in connection with the attack on Tuesday.
An emergency number – 0800 096 0095 – is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. Families looking for missing relatives are posting on social media.
fellow londoners stay safe!!! there is an ongoing terrorist incident in westminster, which is in lockdown!!! thoughts with the police officer injured at houses of parliament and the members of the public involved in the car incident on westminster bridge. awful, awful news
UPDATE: police are working on the asumption that there was one attacker who drove the car into pedestrians at westminster bridge and then ran to the houses of parliament where he stabbed a police officer. he was shot, however the police officer sadly died from his injuries at the scene. two people were also killed at westminster bridge and dozens were injured, some severely. while there no longer appears to be an active threat, uk maintains the highest level of terror alert (as it has for months) and so please remain safe & vigilante if you are in the central london area tonight and in the coming days.
please also spare a moment to think about the incredibly brave first respondents and emergency staff who put themselves at risk to protect the public. the police officer died protecting your elected representatives and the democratic institutions in this country. just let that sink in. massive shoutout also to NHS staff and those brave doctors and nurses from guy’s hospital who ran into danger at westminster bridge to help people. absolute heros the lot of them. so big up to everyone saving lives in london today. THANK YOU! 👏👏👏