The UK general election campaign suspended after the suspected terrorist attack at Manchester Arena

  • 19 dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
  • Police treating event as suspected terrorist incident, with reports saying it could have been a suicide bomber.
  • Ariana Grande tweeted, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
  • The general election has been suspended.

LONDON — The general election campaign has been suspended “until further notice” after a suspected terror attack in Manchester Arena.

At least 19 people have been killed and 50 people injured following what is believed to have been a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.

The incident is the most deadly attack in the UK for a decade and has led to the full suspension of the national campaigning in the general election.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement: 
“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.
 
“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”
 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:

“I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and  been injured.

“Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives. 

“I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city.

“I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night’s appalling events.

“I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a statement this morning.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd described it as a “barbaric” attack:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the victims who have been affected, and I know the whole country will share that view.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the emergency services who have worked throughout the night professionally and effectively — they have done an excellent job.

“Later on this morning, I will be attending COBRa, chaired by the Prime Minister, to collect more information — to find out more — about this particular attack, and I can’t comment any more on that at the moment.

“The public should remain alert but not alarmed. If they have anything to report, they should approach the police.

“The great city of Manchester has been affected by terrorism before. Its spirit was not bowed; its community continued.

“This time it has been a particular attack on the most vulnerable in our society — its intention was to sow fear — its intention is to divide. But it will not succeed.”

Newly elected mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham 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.”

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