Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Manchester's Arndale shopping centre evacuated, witnesses heard 'big bang'

Carol Daniels | 24 May, 2017, 12:14

Video tweeted shortly after 6 a.m. local time showed people fleeing the Manchester Arndale shopping center, and a detained man, apparently in handcuffs, being walked away. The blast occurred just after US singer Ariana Grande had finished her concert in front of an audience of mainly young girls in central Manchester. Arndale Centre is evacuated.

In Whalley Range in southern Manchester, witnesses said armed police had surrounded a newly-built apartment block on a usually quiet tree-lined street.

"A man said "everyone's running, run" so we just started running".

"People ran, they thought it was happening again". Police had begun removing the cordon and workers were slowly being allowed back into site, he said.

The Royal Exchange Arcade has also been evacuated, while Selfridges, House of Fraser and Debenhams have closed their doors. A total of 22 people died from the explosion whereas many were left injured.

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Panic struck Manchester in northern England again on Tuesday morning following the evacuation of the Arndale Centre over a suspicious package.

Police confirmed the executed warrants and controlled explosion were part of the investigation into last night's attack.

Following the arrest, police carried out two separate raids on homes in suburban areas of Manchester.

Reports of a "big bang" were given to police who are dealing with the incident, the Daily Mail reported. Fifty nine people were injured in the attack.

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