Many young people are feared missing since a blast rocked Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, and world leaders, including Donald Trump and the pope, have quickly responded with heartfelt condolence messages.
Image: Ariana Grande
The US President condemned what he called an attack from “evil losers” at the Manchester Arena.
Mr. Trump, who is currently on his maiden foreign tour of the Middle East, sent his heartfelt condolences from Bethlehem.
‘I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured and to the so many families of the victims,’ the 70-year-old president said.
‘We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.
‘So many young beautiful and innocent people enjoying and living their lives, murdered by evil losers in life.
‘I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name.
‘I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are, they’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers, just remember that.’
Surviving victims are getting treatments from eight UK hospitals.
The attack has been described as the worst of its kind on UK soil since the 7/7 bombings in London.
Majid Khan, 22, one of the eyewitnesses said: “I and my sister, along with a lot of others, were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.”
Recent reports put the total number of dead victims at 22 while 59 persons reportedly suffered injuries.
Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram tweeted: “My 2 daughters caught up in the Manchester explosion at the arena. They are thankfully safe, but I fear for others.”
He posted later: “Confirmed deaths at the Manchester arena. Feel sick to think that people have lost their lives at a gig attended by so many young people.
“All my thoughts go out to those parents waiting to hear of the safety of their children. It’s a parents’ worse nightmare. So, so sad.”
Greater Manchester Police released an official statement saying it blames the attack on terrorists, pending when police says otherwise.
A Holiday Inn around the location offered accommodation and food to most survivors who are reportedly children.
Some kindhearted residents also took to social media with the hashtag #roomformanchester in order to provide dozens of stranded persons with shelter.
The first victim to be identified as Ariana Grande’s concert was a die-hard fan named Georgina Callander.
Image shows Georgina and Grande in a picture taken two years ago.
“So excited to see you tomorrow,” Georgina tweeted a few hours before the concert where she breathed her last.
“Those who were injured are being treated in eight different hospitals across Greater Manchester – many are being treated for life threatening conditions,” Theresa May said.
“And we know that among those killed and injured were many children and young people.
“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage.”
Image: Ariana Grande
The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, and spoke with her shaken citizens: “All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people 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…”
A statement from Pope Francis, reads: