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3Novices:World leaders condemn Manchester suicide bombing

Leaders from around the world expressed solidarity with Britain and united to condemn the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester which killed 22 people, including children, in one of Britain's deadliest attacks in years.

France

French president Emmanuel Macron voiced his "horror" at the attack that killed 22 people at a concert in England.

Mr Macron "learnt with horror and shock about the attack that occurred yesterday evening," his office said.

Prime minister Edouard Philippe condemned the attack as "the most cowardly terrorism" that was aimed "specifically and knowingly" at young people.

Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her "sorrow and horror" over the bomb attack in Manchester, vowing that Germany will stand by Britain in the fight against terror.

"This suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen our resolve to work with our British friends against those who plan and execute such inhuman acts. I assure the people in Britain: Germany stands by your side," she said.

Italy

"Italy joins forces with the British people and government," Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted. "Our thoughts go out to the victims of the Manchester attack and their families."

European Union

Europe is mourning with Britain after the concert bombing in Manchester, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said.

"Today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life," he said.

"It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instill fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration."

Russia

"We firmly condemn this cynical, inhuman crime," the Kremlin said on Tuesday as president Vladimir Putin said he was ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Britain.

"We expect that those behind it will not escape the punishment they deserve," the Kremlin said.

Canada

"Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight. Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts," Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

Australia

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the attack was "especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers".

He added: "This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children."

* Agence France-Presse and Associated Press



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