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''Terror at the Arena' - British papers react to Manchester atrocity

The Sun described the attack as a “Slaughter of the Innocents”.

“TERROR AT THE arena” is how local newspaper the Manchester Evening News this morning describes last night’s terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert that killed at least 22 people and injured at least 60 more.

“Teenagers flee in panic from gig… police treat explosion as terrorism,” the paper adds.

“A lone attacker is believed to have detonated a homemade explosive device at Manchester Arena as thousands of young fans left a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande,” said The Times.

The bomber died at the scene. Counterterror police and the intelligence services are working to establish whether the attacker acted alone or as part of a network.

“Slaughter of the Innocents,” is how The Sun leads on the atrocity.

“Shocking pictures and video footage have shown the bloodied injured leaving the 21,000 capacity arena as passers-by rushed to try and help.”

Paramedics at the scene told the BBC of “shrapnel-like injuries”, suggesting the explosion could have been caused by a nail bomb.

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“Thousands of screaming fans, some covered in blood, fled the Arena after a ‘huge bang’ went off just after 10.30pm,”said The Mirror.

Read: ‘There was heat on my neck and when I looked up there were bodies everywhere’: Chaos after Ariana Grande gig explosion

Read: Manchester residents offer food, shelter, lifts and beds after explosion at Ariana Grande gig

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