Several children are among the 22 dead after a suicide attack hit a teen pop concert in Manchester on Monday night.
Another 59 have been injured by the improvised bomb, which was detonated by a lone wolf attacker. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack but gave few details of the attacker.
At least 12 children are among the wounded, several of whom are thought to be in a serious condition.
The Prime Minister condemned the ‘sickening cowardice’ of the attack adding her ‘thoughts and prayers’ were with the victims. She chaired a two-hour meeting of the security committee Cobra this morning and the panel will sit again tonight.
Church leaders are calling for prayers as the UK reels from the deadliest attack in more than a decade.
The Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and the Green party are suspending their election campaign in the wake of the explosion, which struck less than three weeks ahead of the general election.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted he is praying for those who lost loved ones and insisting ‘dark evil cannot overcome’ Manchester.
Heroic Manchester, dark evil cannot overcome it. We pray for those in sorrow on the hard journey of loss & pain, & for those who protect us
— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) May 23, 2017
The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, also said the city will not be defeated as he called prayers.
Please hold the people of #Manchester in your prayers. We’ve faced terror attacks before and this latest won’t defeat us.
— David Walker (@BishManchester) May 23, 2017
Pope Francis said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the attack and offered to pray for the injured and all those who had died. ‘His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence,’ a Vatican statement read. ‘He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. ‘Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.’ Several pop stars also joined to offer their prayers.
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SOURCE: Christian Today