The Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 6:17
Taking moments from a press conference to express solidarity with the United Kingdom following a terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester Arena which left 22 dead and scores injured, Muscat said: "I am informed that some Maltese were present during the concert, but we are not informed until now as a government that there are any Maltese among the dead or injured, but obviously we need to confirm this later on".
"We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated, causing this atrocity", Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said at a press conference early Tuesday.
She said the bombing stood out even among other attacks for the culprit's, "appalling, sickening callousness, deliberately targeting innocent children".
Another Twitter user, Lauren Dale, posted: "My mum's friend Alison Howe and her friend are still missing from the MEN (Manchester Arena) attack last night".
The horrific images from the scene have already drawn comparison to the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, which in particular targeted a concert hall. Police said the blast occurred about 10:30 p.m., minutes after pop star Ariana Grande finished her set.
An 8-year-old girl was among the dead - the youngest known victim - and her mother and sister were among 59 people wounded in what May called "a callous terrorist attack". The paper also quoted one concertgoer, who said that she heard "quite a loud explosion heard from inside the Manchester Arena and it shook, then everyone screamed and tried to get out".
She said they had shown: "The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain - a spirit that through years of conflict and terrorism has never been broken and will never be broken".
"Many paramedics, doctors and nurses have worked valiantly, amid traumatic and bad scenes to save lives and care for the wounded. the attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together".
The arena is one of the largest indoor venues in Europe and has a capacity of 21,000. "She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly", said the head teacher of the Tarleton Community Primary School in Lancashire.
The 48-year-old, who lives 40 miles east of Manchester in West Dalton, told Reuters she "ran out" of the area seconds after the explosion and "got the teens to run" with her. She last spoke to her daughter on Monday night at the concert.
"The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester". He said the bomber died at the scene. Manchester and the rest of Britain will never be cowed by terrorism. More than 200 people were injured, though no one was killed.
He added: "Londoners will see more police on our streets today".