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    Armed police positioned near emergency vehicles after reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017.

    US Officials Say Suicide Bomber Suspected In Manchester Explosion

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    Two US officials have confirmed that a suicide bomber is suspected in the explosions that went off following an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England Monday night, which left at least 19 people dead and 50 more injured. British police are treating the blasts as a terror incident.

    Reports of the explosion first came in around 22:30 pm local time, according to police, at an arena with the capacity hold up to 21,000. If the incident is confirmed as a terror attack it will be the largest such event in Britain since July 2005 when 52 people were killed after four militants detonated themselves in London's transport system. 

    As fear of terror attacks by extremists continue to rise in Europe, the explosion may have political consequences, as it comes two and a half week before an featuring right wing Prime Minister Theresa May, who opinion polls project to win by wide margins. Campaigning for the upcoming election has been suspended in light of the incident.

    May released a statement saying,"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."

     

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