Ariana Grande Responds to Manchester Bombing: ‘I Am So So Sorry, I Don’t Have Words’
As details continue to unfold about the apparent suicide bombing which took place at Ariana Grande's concert last night at The Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, killing at least 22 people and injuring at least 59, the singer has issued an emotional statement.
“Tonight, our hearts are broken. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders. [...] We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers," the singer said in an official statement.
Later, Grande went on Twitter, writing, “I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said that forensic investigations are continuing to determine if the attacker had accomplices, The Guardian reports. The horror took place at approximately 10:30 p.m. following the end of Grande's concert. She was not injured in the attack, which as of right now, is being treated as a terrorist attack. Some of the dead were children. The man police believe is responsible for the attack is also dead. The arena is one of the largest music venues in Europe, and has a capacity of 21,000.
"This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see," Hopkins said.
Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, said: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
Witnesses say after the concert was over, a loud bang was heard.
“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena," Majid Khan, 22, said. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”
More details will follow on this horrific event. Our hearts and prayers are with the victim's loved ones.