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World leaders condemn Manchester Arena terror attack

The scene at Manchester Royal Infirmary as the death toll from the Manchester bomb attack rose to 22 with 59 injured. PIC: PA
The scene at Manchester Royal Infirmary as the death toll from the Manchester bomb attack rose to 22 with 59 injured. PIC: PA
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World leaders have united in condemning the Manchester Arena terror attack.

US First Lady Melania Trump wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers to the families of #Manchester.”

French president Emmanuel Macron will speak to Mrs May about the attack later.

In a statement, his office said: “It’s with dismay that Mr Macron learned of the murderous attack which struck last night during a concert at the Manchester Arena.

“He expresses to the British people all the compassion and care of France which is at their side in mourning, with a particular thought for the victims and their families.”

French prime minister Edouard Philippe said: “The most cowardly form of terrorism has struck once more, targeting, as it did in Paris more than a year ago, a concert venue, aimed specifically and knowingly at very young girls gathered together for a moment of celebration and joy.

“In the wake of this abominable crime, I would like to express my sadness, the solidarity of the French people and unwavering friendship to Mancunians and all British people.”