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CNN runs through-the-night broadcast as Ariana Grande concert horror in Manchester claims 22 lives


By Noel Young, Correspondent

May 23, 2017 | 2 min read

The American channel CNN ran a through-the-night broadcast with live footage as the horror of the Manchester bomb attack after an Ariana Grande pop concert stunned the world.

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Don Lemon: Reassured mother

As the number of casualties rose to 22 dead and 59 injured, police confirmed that this was a terrorist attack. The perpetrator thought to be a suicide bomber is believed to have been killed as he detonated the device .

The bomb went off outside the venue about 10,30pm as the audience of 20,000- many of them teenage girls began to stream from the arena. Many parents were there with their daughters.

Live shots of the chaos inside the hall filled the screen. At one point a distraught mother Charlotte Campbell spoke directly to the program anchor Don Lemon. She couldn't reach her 15-yr old daughter on her cellphone. Clearly shocked Lemon reassured her that she may just have lost her phone in the panic.

The program updated with the news that PM Theresa May had called an emergency meeting. General election campaigning has been suspended.

At 6am UK time the CNN panel of experts debated the attack. No-one had yet claimed responsibility.

Ariana Grande herself tweeted her total horror at the explosion.

She said she was 'broken' adding, 'from the bottom of my heart,i am so so sorry. i don't have words.'

The 23-year-old singer has suspended her The Dangerous Woman Tour.


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