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"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill".
Ambulances and bomb disposal teams rushed to the venue, as family members frantically searched for their loved ones, and residents opened their doors to stranded concert-goers after trains were cancelled.
Manchester police said this "is now being treated as terrorist incident until police know otherwise".
A post on the King's Lynn Police Twitter account said: "Thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic incident".
As Britons woke up to the deadliest militant assault in the country since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005, heart-warming stories of reunions began to emerge on Tuesday. "We're just lucky to have gotten away safely", she said.
It did not name the bomber, which it usually does in attacks it has ordered, and appeared also to contradict a posting on another Islamic State account, Amaq, which spoke of "a group of attackers".
"A bang went off and everyone stopped and screamed". "It was bedlam.it was horrific".
"We were all praying for her to be found safely. Then seconds later people started to run back in from another exit".
However, police arrested a 23-year-old man on Tuesday morning in connection with the attack.
Investigators say that the bomb contained nails and that ball bearings have been recovered, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported.
The Park Inn, one of the hotels directly across from the Manchester Arena, was still filled with families checking out Tuesday, a lot of them mothers accompanied by one or two young girls. No further information was released about the activity.
Lydia said she was grasping her daughter's hand tightly, describing the scene as complete panic and chaos.
"Many of you won't have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely have heard of it", he said.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe condemned the attack as "the most cowardly terrorism" that was aimed "specifically and knowingly" at young people. "ISIS has been linked to most of the attacks". According to the latest data, 22 people, including children, were killed and another 59 people were wounded. "It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen-but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight".
Social media users got the hashtag trending.
Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student from Lancashire, was the first victim of the Manchester attack to be identified. Police have publicized a hotline number for families to call if they can't reach someone who was there.
Roussos had attended the concert with her mother Lisa and her sister Ashlee Bromwich, who are understood to be receiving treatment for shrapnel wounds at a hospital in nearby Bolton. He added, "It feels different". Everyone just fled. Some people were injured'.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired a meeting of the government's COBRA emergency committee on Tuesday, said the attack was an act of "appalling, sickening cowardice". Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".
We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. President Trump, out of the country for his first trip overseas as president, bemoaned the loss of life at the hands of "evil losers in life". "But they're losers. Just remember that", he said.