MANCHESTER: Nineteen people have been confirmed dead and around 50 injured after a terrorist attack inside Manchester Arena at the end of a teen concert Monday night (Tuesday morning in Sabah).
Video footage showed thousands of people fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood, after the Ariana Grande concert finished.
Horrifying footage showed petrified children leaping over fences as they desperately tried to escape the 21,000-seat venue.
Armed officers surrounded the venue and bloodied casualties were seen being stretchered out of the concert that resembled a ‘war zone’.
There were fears a ‘nail bomb’ had been used as witnesses described there being ‘nuts and bolts flying everywhere.’
Last night police carried out a controlled explosion at Cathedral Gardens after finding a second suspicious device.
Evie Brewster, who attended the concert, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded.
‘Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit.
‘We could hear the police and ambulance sirens. It was terrifying.
‘There were thousands of people trying to get out at once. They were all screaming and crying. The whole place smelt smokey and burnt.
‘The explosion sounded like it was inside the building somewhere.’
Abby Mullen from Airdire, North Lanakshire who was at the event said: ‘As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me. People’s skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.
That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.’
Manchester’s Victoria station, which backs onto the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled.
Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.
‘There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.
A spokesman said the explosion happened within the foyer area of the venue. A bomb disposal unit were spotted arriving at the scene.
The BBC have said senior counter-terror officials are assembling in London tonight.
Majid Khan, said: ‘I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.”