Shock and Chaos: Eyewitness account of Manchester Arena blast

The Armenian Embassy in the United Kingdom is checking the information whether there were Armenians among the casualties after the suicide blast left at least 22 killed and scores injured in Manchester. The list has not been published yet.

The Public Radio of Armenia contacted Manchester-based composer and organist Artur Bobikyan for details about the incident.

 “I was in downtown Manchester yesterday, but not at the concert,” Bobikyan told Public Radio of Armenia on phone.

“The blast took place close to midnight at Manchester Arena, the largest concert hall in the city that hosts 21 thousand spectators,” he added.

“Unfortunately, there were many children among the attendees of the concert as US singer Ariana Grande is popular among children and teenagers.”

Artur Bobikyan said the chaos and shock continued throughout the night and voiced hope that the blast would not be followed by new ones.

“The situation remains tense in Manchester, half of the city is paralyzed for now, but offices, schools continue to work,” he said.

Twenty-two people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

The blast happened in the foyer at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, detonated an improvised explosive device.

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