Police: 19 killed, at least 50 injured in explosion at Ariana Grande concert

Armed police work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

MANCHESTER, England — Nineteen people have been confirmed dead, and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at a Ariana Grande concert in England.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference the injured are being treated at six hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“Officers from GMP and emergency services are working at the scene and are supporting those affected,” Hopkins said.

Great Manchester Police released a statement on their Twitter page regarding the incident, saying they responded to the reported explosion at Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. Monday.

“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said.”We are working closely with the national counter terrorism policing network and UK intelligence partners.”

Grande is “okay” and her team is further investigating the incident, according to the singer’s representative.

The singer tweeted about the incident, saying “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

Emergency vehicles were on the scene helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue.

One man captured video of an emergency vehicle racing to the scene.

Another video shows the scene inside the arena.

An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the Manchester area – 0161 856 9400.

If you have any concerns, officials urge you to report them to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline at 0800 789321.

This story is developing.

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