"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act"
News of a tragic blast that took place at a music concert in Manchester on Monday 22nd May 2017 has shaken the world.
The bomb blast occurred at Manchester Arena late in the evening where American pop star Ariana Grande was performing.
Suspected to be a suicide bomber, 22 people have been killed with a further 59 people injured. Sadly, many of those affected have been children and teenagers who came to see their idol in concert while she is on her ‘Dangerous Woman’ European tour.
The attack, which took place just as the concert had finished, created panic and confusion, with many young children being separated from their families.
It is thought that over 60 ambulances arrived at the arena which holds up to 18,000 people. Hotels around the venue offered “immediate refuge” to some of the concert-goers, while taxis in the area transported many to safety.
23-year-old Grande later tweeted her devastation as reports of the fatalities grew:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
As names of some of the victims are being announced, world leaders and notable figures from across the globe, including Bollywood stars, express their shock. They offer sympathy and support to all those affected.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May condemned the attack in a speech outside of No 10 the following morning. Other leaders such as President Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi also responded:
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
A message from Her Majesty The Queen was released on the afternoon of 23rd May 2017:
“The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.
“I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.
“I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.
“And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”
The incident is strongly felt by the music world, including many stars and bands who have previously held concerts at the Manchester Arena, including Drake, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry:
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
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. ?
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) 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
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017
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
Singer Lorde also added:
“every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari.”
In particular, a number of Bollywood stars have also tweeted:
Extremely sad to start days when innocent lives are lost. Prayers for the deceased & strength to the families of the Manchester victims.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 23, 2017
So upset!!How can this happen every few months?? Feel soo helpless! Prayers for the victims and their families! #manchesterterrorattack
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with @ArianaGrande and everyone who was hurt at the concert in Manchester.. what is happening to the world..
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 23, 2017
Extremely sad to hear about what happened at the Ariana Grande concert #ManchesterAttack ???
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) May 23, 2017
Deeply saddened to hear about the Manchester attack . This brutality & hatred is so so horrid & frustrating.Prayers are with the victims??
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) May 23, 2017
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 23, 2017
While Grande was unhurt by the blast, it is thought that she has suspended the remainder of her European tour. Her manager, Scott Braun, has since released a statement that reads:
“Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.
“We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
For those concerned about loved ones caught up in the incident in Manchester, please call the following police helpline: +44 (0)161 856 9400.