Live Nation, Manchester Arena Respond to "Senseless Tragedy" at Ariana Grande Concert

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The British Transport Police is also asking people to avoid the area while emergency services respond to the incident.

Live Nation, Manchester Arena and the British Transport Police all issued statements after explosions killed at least 22 people and injured 59 at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

"We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy and our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted by this devastating incident," Live Nation, the concert's promoter, said in a statement.

On Facebook, Manchester Arena confirmed the incident and stated it "occurred outside the venue in public space." 

On Tuesday, the famed arena released a statement praising the emergency services for their response and stating they are "inspired by the way the people of this great city of Manchester rallied round last night and have continued to respond today. It shows the very best of this city."

The venue is postponing its scheduled Take That concerts, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, due to the ongoing investigation.

The U.K.'s national railway police force, The British Transport Police, also issued a statement noting reports of the explosion within the foyer area of the stadium and that no trains or trams are running from the adjacent Manchester Victoria station.

"Officers are at Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion within the foyer area of the stadium at 10:30 p.m. this evening," the statement read. "Emergency services are at the scene and we are working to establish more information regarding the explosion and will provide further updates as soon as possible.

"Please avoid the area whilst emergency services continue to respond to this incident. No trains or trams are running from Manchester Victoria station." 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack. Overnight, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the suicide blast "a callous terrorist attack," President Donald Trump condemned the attackers as "evil losers" and Queen Elizabeth described the tragedy as "an act of barbarity." Music stars and celebrities flooded social media to share their deepest sympathies to Grande, the people of Manchester and to concertgoers everywhere. Grande, who emerged safely from the venue, took to Twitter shortly after the attack to say she was "broken from the bottom of my heart."

May 23, 11:45 a.m. ET: Updated

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