At least 19 were killed and about 60 were injured and hospitalized. Hospitals were turning away non-emergency cases. Many city centre streets were cordoned off and the police presence on the ground was supported by helicopters patrolling above. Train services from Manchester Victoria station, situated below the concert arena, were severely disrupted. Several hotels offered free rooms for people stranded in the city while many taxis gave free rides. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to chair a meeting of the cabinet emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday.
As a terrorist attack the blast would be the worst such incident in the UK since the London bombings in 2005, which killed 52. The US Department of Homeland Security said it was “closely monitoring” too the situation at Manchester Arena in the wake of the incident. “At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States,” it said in a statement.