Manchester arena explosion: World leaders unite to condemn suicide bomb attack on Ariana Grande concert

Heads of state come together to express horror after at least 22 killed in stadium blast

Tuesday 23 May 2017 08:26
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Armed police officers stand near the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing when the attack took place
Armed police officers stand near the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing when the attack took place

Leaders from around the world have condemned the terror attack at a Manchester music concert and offered their condolences to the victims.

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull told the country's parliament the incident was a “brutal attack on young people everywhere”.

He said: “This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers.

“This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children.

“This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.”

In Japan a government spokesman said: “If this is a terrorist attack, such abhorrent acts of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism.

“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and families of the deceased and my prayers to a swift recovery for the wounded. Japan stands in solidarity with the people of the UK.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight. Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts.”

President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, tweeted: “My heart is in Manchester this night. Our thoughts are with the victims.”

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