Death toll in Manchester bombing climbs to 22, including children

People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester Britain

She also said the attacker had carried out the attack alone but it was not yet clear if others had helped in the preparation.

IS is known to make such claims even where it has not had direct involvement in planning and orchestrating specific terror attacks.

Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

Grande, who was unharmed and safe following the attack, expressed her sadness over the attack.

"When I got up and looked around there was about 30 people scattered everywhere, some of them looked dead, they might have been unconscious but there was a lot of fatalities", he said. Following the attack, the "Side to Side" singer, who was scheduled to perform Thursday and Friday at the O2 Arena in London before moving on to Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, and France for other performances, canceled her tour. The station is closed and will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway.

Speaking outside Downing Street on Tuesday, prime minister Theresa May said security services believe they know the identity of the attacker but that he could not yet be named.

British police now say it appears to be the work of a suicide bomber.

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham said the city would show resilience in the face of the attack. And we know that among those killed and injured were many children and young people. We are grieving today but we are strong.

"This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives", she said.

Mr Parker, who was intending to ask concert-goers for money as they headed home, also went to help a woman who had serious leg and head injuries.

Concertgoer Catherine Macfarlane told the Reuters news agency: "Everyone was screaming and people were running". It was a huge explosion - you could feel it in your chest.

Former Manchester United soccer star David Beckham posted on Facebook: "As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me".

There was condemnation of the attack from around the world with flags flying at half mast in Berlin and Brussels. Early Tuesday morning, Grande spoke of her sorrow on Twitter.

But kind-hearted strangers rallied to help, with hundreds of Manchester locals offering up places to stay for the night using the #roomformanchester hashtag.

If the explosion is confirmed as a terrorist attack it would be the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on three subway trains and a bus in July 2005.

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena's bars at about 10:35 p.m. but there were few further details.

After the blast, people began streaming out of the arena.

Many parents were waiting for their kids near the arena when the blast sent young fans fleeing for their lives Monday evening.

Police later said the blast killed 22 people, and over 50 people were injured.

Ariana Grande, pictured in a file photo above, is a 23-year-old singer from the US. She is now on her global 'Dangerous Woman Tour, ' with her next scheduled concert for May 25 in London. Hours after the explosion in Manchester, Grande tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

"We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe at this stage the attack last night was conducted by one man". There was some panic at about the same time when a shopping center near to the concert venue was evacuated by police.

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