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22 killed in Manchester Arena explosion

Twenty-two people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a suspected terror attack on the Manchester Arena. An explosion happened just after the end of a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande, who is popular among children and teenagers.

Police say they believe a lone male attacker, who died in the blast, detonated an improvised explosive device.

The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have suspended election campaigning and the prime minister will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee. She called the explosion an "appalling terrorist attack", with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn describing it as a "terrible incident".

"The whole building shook," said Emma Johnson, who was waiting to pick up her children from the concert when it happened. "There was a blast and then a flash of fire afterwards. There were bodies everywhere."

We'll have all the latest information updates on the Manchester Arena explosion and its aftermath on our live page.

Confusion and chaos after explosion

By Tom Mullen, BBC News

One thing that has been apparent is the many young people who had attended the event, some of them with parents or guardians. There was a huge sense of confusion with dozens of people seen searching for information on their phones. Some shops and takeaways in the busy city centre area around the Arena appeared to be handing out drinks, while taxis swarmed to the area to help take people away.

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What the papers say

"Terror carnage at arena concert" is Metro's headline, as the papers report on the explosion in Manchester. The Mirror reports that injuries sustained were consistent with being caused by a nail bomb, while the Guardian's headline is "Murder in Manchester".

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On this day

1984 Nine people die instantly and seven die later from injuries, as an explosion occurs at a water treatment plant in Abbeystead, near Lancaster.

1998 The Good Friday agreement, to set up a power-sharing assembly in Belfast, is ratified in a referendum in Northern Ireland.

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