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Authorities identify Manchester suicide bomber

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. There have been reports of explosions at Manchester Arena where Ariana Grande had performed this evening. Greater Manchester Police have have confirmed there are fatalities and warned people to stay away from the area. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Authorities are still investigating the apparent bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., but according to CNN, they have identified what they believe to be the suicide bomber.

CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted the report:

"Multiple senior U.S. law enforcement officials briefed by authorities in the U.K," it was reported, "now tell NBC News that the forensic evidence at the scene including a body found at the blast site indicates that this was a suicide attack."

Law enforcement officials also said that they have tentatively identified the alleged suicide bomber. As of the time of the writing of this article, police were still not releasing the bomber's identity to the public, however.

Manchester police earlier reported that 19 people had died, and more than 50 were injured in the attack in the foyer at the Manchester auditorium. They performed a controlled detonation on what was believed to be another bomb, but was later said to be just discarded clothing."

Many videos were posted on social media showing young attendees rushing to exit after the explosion:

Parents of attendees used social media to try to contact them in the pandemonium that ensued. There are reports that people arrived at hospitals with "shrapnel" wounds, indicating to some that the bomb might have had nails mixed in to maximize the damage. Police say they are treating the incident as a terror attack until their investigation indicates otherwise.

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