Reactions are pouring in from all directions after a suicide bombing hit at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England on Monday night, leaving 22 dead and 59 injured, the Associated Press reports.
The terror attack carried out by alleged suspect Salman Abedi sparked chaos with crowds of people stampeding over each other and running madly in fear as they exited the arena, according to the AP.
"This has been the most horrific incident have seen here in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see," Senior British Police Officer Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.
Reports say two of the 22 victims have been identified, 8-year-old Safe Roussos and an 18-year-old girl who has not yet been identified.
Celebrities, politicians and other prominent figures are reaching out to pay their respects and express their sorrows for families and their children who died in the attack or are undergoing treatment at Manchester hospitals.
A night of a lifetime turned into an unexpected nightmare for so many young boys and girls. After learning about the casualties caused by the explosion, pop star Ariana Grande has decided to suspend her world tour in Europe for the time being, TMZ reports.
Her heart couldn't be more broken for her fans. Here's a tweet she posted late Monday night.
broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Many other stars and politicians have taken to social media to react to the tragedy and stand in solidarity with Manchester.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.
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
wishing I could give my friend @ArianaGrande a great big hug right now... love love love you .... so sorry you had...https://t.co/GQXc9dmvsE
We all - every single one of us - stand with the people of Manchester at this terrible time. https://t.co/vMTwaBbncl
Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight. Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts.
"I haven't slept, haven't ate. And I've been on and off to be fair and they've just released the first name of the victims and I'm pretty sure that I recognized her from a previous show," said Jessica, a concertgoer said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. "I just feel like I'm numb now because I've just cried so much over the past 12 hours. It's just been horrendous."
As more people are waking up to this dark news, they are asking how they can help the victims and their families.
- Crowdfunding: Visit this Just Giving site sponsored by the Manchester Evening News to raise money for the cause.
- Share genuine information on social media to help missing people and their families. Click here to learn more on what's required.
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