In what two US officials said was a suspected suicide bombing, at least 19 people were killed and around 59 wounded in a blast at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the city of Manchester, England on Monday.
Grande, who was not hurt in the explosion, took to Twitter five hours after the incident to express her grief by posting that she was ‘broken’ by the news of casualties.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Musicians and world leaders including PM Narendra Modi also took to the social networking site to express the horror at the events.
Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight. Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 23, 2017
Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2017
Heartbreaking news from Manchester. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones or been injured in this barbaric attack.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 23, 2017
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May said that the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.
If confirmed as a terrorist attack, this incident would be the most destructive militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.
Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday morning.
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