As thousands of people packed into the Manchester Arena last night for the Ariana Grande concert, no one could imagine what would happen by the end of the evening.
At around 10:30 local time in Manchester, just after the US singer’s concert had ended, multiple eye witnesses have been reported to have heard two loud bangs from the foyer area of the Arena.
The incident left hundreds of children separated from their parents and is being treated and investigated as a terror attack after leaving at least 22 people dead and 59 injured.
In what is being reported as Britain’s most deadly attack in a decade, millions of people from around the world, including Africa, have taken to twitter to show their support for the victims and their families:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
So much ugliness in the world. Can't let it make us forget the beauty of love. Saddened & praying for every person affected in #Manchester??
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) May 23, 2017
Thoughts are with #Manchester. It's in times like these that we should be more united and have more compassion for each other. ??
— Ulrich Janse van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) May 23, 2017
— NICOLE SURVIVOR SA (@nicolejcapper) May 23, 2017
— ?Jabulisile? (@Jabu_Ms) May 23, 2017
What shocking news
No man i can imagine those young teens at that concert. The parents of the deceased. R.I.P #Manchester
— #SUCCESSisHAPPINESS (@BuckBoyLu) May 23, 2017
Music is more powerful than any bomb. Peoples compassion for others will beat any terrorist. Terrorists will lose always. #Manchester ?? ❤
— Fadi F. Hamada (@FadiFHamada) May 23, 2017
Good morning tweeps! Guys Manchester ???. What's happening? This is devastating ??. May God be with y'all in Manchester?
— Bhut' Brian (@_BrianSA) May 23, 2017
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) May 23, 2017
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) May 23, 2017