On 22 May, 2017 the teenagers of United Kingdom headed towards Manchester to enjoy a pop concert of teen-superstar Ariana Grande. The exhilarated teenagers had never imagined that it would turn out to be a horrendous experience. After the conclusion of the event, the teenagers were moving out of the Arena where their parents were waiting for them. As soon as the last song ended, suddenly an explosion went off with a massive flash and there was air of smoke, panic and havoc all around. The attack is suspected to be an attack by a suicide bomber and regarded as the deadliest attack in Britain since 2005.
Police were called up around 21:33 GMT by a victim to report of this massive explosion where the sufferers were mostly children and teenagers who went to attend a concert of pop-star Arena Grande. British Transport Police said that the blast cropped up within the foyer area of the stadium and outside the venue in the public space. The foyer connects an auditorium of capacity around 21,000 with Victoria train and tram station, which is a major hub on northern edge of the city center. They declared the incident as a terrorist attack. The Local ambulance rushed to spot and reported 59 casualties from the incident and treated numerous walking wounded. Around 22 people have been killed and 120 allegedly injured, who are being treated in six hospitals.
The victims described this horrifying incident in their own ways.
- A teenager’s mother said that she was waiting for her daughter along with her husband near the ticket office when the explosion went off.
- Another victim reported that he was waiting for his daughter along with his wife when the blast took place. He was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife suffered a stomach wound.
- A man described the whole incident as terrifying; he witnessed a huge bomb-like bang followed by scenes of panic as young fans hurried out, few with blood stains while their parents were waiting for them.
Ariana Grande reacted to the incident with utter grief and guilt. She expressed her feelings by tweeting “Broke, I am sorry, so sorry”
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned it as an appalling terrorist attack.
This happening shook the entire world and different people had different takes on the unpleasant incident. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India also expressed his grief by tweeting: “Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured”.
This is the second incident in United Kingdom in 2 months. On March 22, 2017 around 5 people were killed and 50 injured when an alleged terrorist drove into pedastrians on the Westminister Bridge surrounding the parliament. These incidents are threat to livelihood and the government needs to take strict actions to prevent any such attacks in the future.