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Manchester concert attack

‘I am so sorry’: Ariana Grande leads online reaction to terror attack

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nicky Minaj join with London mayor Sadiq Khan and English politicians in mourning those killed in suspected bomb attack

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, 11:07am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, 12:11pm

At least 19 people were killed when a suspected explosion ripped through a crowd of concert-goers in the northern English city of Manchester.

Police say dozens more were wounded in the attack on a gig by Ariana Grande, a US pop star popular with teenagers and children.

Reaction online was swift, and came from the worlds of music and politics.

Suicide bomber suspected in attack that killed 19 at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Here are some selected tweets:

Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) and her manager, Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) have both sent messages to their followers as emergency workers continue to treat the wounded.

Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn), leader of the main opposition Labour Party tweeted: “Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.”

Andy Burnham, the newly elected Mayor of Manchester (@MayorofGM) tweeted: “My heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones, my admiration to our brave emergency services. A terrible night for our great city”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) said: “London stands with Manchester - our thoughts are with all those killed and injured tonight and our brave emergency services.”

US rapper Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ), who collaborated on the hit “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande tweeted: “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”

US pop princess Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13), a friend of Grande, tweeted: “My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I’m sending all my love.”

Katy Perry (@katyperry), also a friend of Grande, tweeted: “Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world.”

Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage), who led the anti-immigration UK Independence Party through Britain’s divisive vote to leave the European Union tweeted: “Horrified at the bombing in Manchester. No doubt we will find out who the perpetrator is soon. My thoughts are with those affected.”