The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the people of Manchester after an apparent suicide bomber detonated a device, just after a concert at the MEN arena last night.
22 dead are confirmed dead – many of them children at Ariane Grande’s show – and a further 59 are injured and receiving treatment.
13 people, including a number of children, are still missing after mayhem ensued last night in the panic.
Her Majesty’s message reads:
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.
A 23-year-old man was arrested in South Manchester earlier this morning in connection with the bombing, police have announced.
The arena remains cordoned off, along with nearby Victoria Station, and armed police are heavily present in Manchester and nearby cities. The terror alert still remains ‘severe’, meaning an attack is likely.
Prime Minister Theresa May gave also a statement, condemning the “cowardice” of the attacker and hailed those who helped, showing “the spirit of Britain … a spirit that through years of conflict and terrorism has never been broken and will never be broken”.
She vowed: “The terrorists will never win and our values, our country and our way of life will always prevail.”
Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the people of Manchester.