Manchester Attack: Birmingham Response
23 May 2017, 11:44
22 people, including children, have been killed after a suicide bombing at a Manchester Arena concert.
At least 59 people were also injured when the bomb went off at the end of an Ariana Grande gig last night.
The 23-year-old American singer was performing as part of her Dangerous Woman tour when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device.
The singer said on Twitter she is "broken" after the terror attack:
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
The first victim to be named over the attack is 18 year old Georgina Callander. She was at the concert last night and had met the singer back in 2015 which she posted on her Instagram:
So called Islamic State is claiming to have carried out the attack:
West Midlands police have told Capital they are looking at how they police such events after what happened in Manchester:
Venues across the West Midlands have been responding including the Barclaycard Arena and the Genting Arena:
We are shocked and saddened by the terrible incident at the Manchester Arena last night. Our thoughts are with those who were affected.— Barclaycard Arena (@BcardArena) May 23, 2017
The Prime Minister and World Leaders have been paying tribute:
Donald Trump has called the suicide bomber an 'evil loser':
A vigil will be held in Birmingham on Tuesday evening from 6:30pm in Victoria Square, Birmingham Library ill be lit up in red, white & blue with flags flying at half past above the city council house.
Music stars have also been sending thoughts to those affected including Harry Styles and Bruno Mars:
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