World Leaders Show Solidarity to U.K. After Attack on Ariana Grande Concert
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and leaders from across the Continent say Europe is mourning with Britain after a bomb killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Juncker said in a statement Tuesday that "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 adds: "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."
The German government offered condolences to Britain. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel wrote Tuesday on Twitter: "Terrible news from Manchester! Our thoughts are now with our British friends. United we stand."
Also, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, tweeted: "Our thoughts (and) prayers are with the people in #Manchester affected by the blast. We mourn for the dead (and) hope the injured can recover fully."
French President Emmanuel Macron said France would continue to work with Britain to fight terrorism. In a statement, Macron said he would speak with British Prime Minister Theresa May to stay abreast of developments.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also expressed solidarity. Paris has grim experience with the type of attack that struck Britain, after multiple Islamic State attackers struck a concert hall, the national stadium and cafes and bars on Nov. 13, 2015, killing 130 people.
On the other side of the Atlantic, The White House said President Donald Trump is being provided updates on the Manchester concert explosion by his national security team.
Trump is in the midst of his first overseas trip as president. He's meeting Tuesday in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and speaking at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. His spokesman Sean Spicer provided the update on Twitter.
Earlier, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the attack as "especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers."