May 23, 2017 / 10:46 AM / in 2 months

Manchester's Arndale shopping centre evacuated, witnesses heard "big bang"

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MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - A shopping centre in Manchester, England, was evacuated and witnesses said they heard a "big bang" on Tuesday, just hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 in the same area of the city.

People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.Darren Staples

Scores of people ran away from the centre, a Reuters witness said.

"There are people coming out holding hands," a Reuters photographer said.

Great Manchester Police would not comment when contacted for Reuters.

Reporting by Lucy Fielder; Editing by Louise Ireland

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