by Rachel Ogbu reporting from the UK
Britons remain resilient in the face of fear as another religious extremist hate attack kills at least 22 people and injures over 100 in what has been described as a “soft target” act which affected many children and young adults.
A suicide bomber (who was on the terrorist watchlist) is said to have targeted young people & their parents at the end of singer Ariana Grande’s gig in Manchester Arena UK with a bomb. Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
The tributes have been sent in from around the world with more people passing on their condolences following the devastating incident.
Ariana, 23 twitted: ‘broken. from the bottom of my heart, [I] am so so sorry. [I] don’t have words.’ The singer has since suspended her The Dangerous Woman Tour, and will not perform in London on Thursday night .
Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn suspended election campaigning and said thoughts were with the victims
The Prime Minister released an official statement to the press in which she called; ‘All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people,’ she said. ‘But this attack stands out for its appalling , sickening, cowardice – deliberately targeting innocent defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.’
In another statement, Queen Elizabeth II said:
‘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.