World leaders condemn Manchester attack

Turnbull held high-level security briefings in the wake of the Manchester bombing which killed at least 22 people and injured dozens who were attending a concert in the Britain's third largest city, but speaking to the press on Wednesday, the prime minister said Australia's threat level would remain the same despite Britain raising its threat level to its highest possible ranking. "The president offered the United States' full support and cooperation", the spokesman told reporters of May's call with Trump.

"I must point out that the grizzly task of identifying bodies continues and we are in touch with all the major hospitals in Manchester", Ms Bishop said.

"Australia stands with Britain in resolute solidarity - partners in freedom's cause".

Also on Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a condolence message to British Prime Minister Theresa May over the explosion, extending his deep condolences over the victims killed in the incident and honest sympathy to the families of the victims killed and the injured.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight".

Prime Minister Theresa May called it an "appalling terrorist attack" and suspended her campaign ahead of a general election on June 8 along with chief opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"The people of Manchester and the United Kingdom have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack - an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with callous calculation", Mrs May said. Our thoughts are with the victims.

The prime minister said he has made contact with his British counterpart Theresa May to express Australia's condolences to, and reiterate Australia's solidarity to the people of Britain and those affected by the terror attack.

My deepest sympathies to @Number10gov and to the British people.

"We learn from every attack in every part of the world and we respond to that here", he said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday issued a statement, mourning the victims killed in the terrorist attack in Manchester and noting Kenya would stand with British Prime Minister May in the fight against extremism. "We are on your side". Quoting from the letter, he said: "These cowardly acts only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts".

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a condolence message to British Queen Elizabeth II over the explosion in Manchester, expressing deep sorrow over the innocent victims and his honest condolences to the injured and the families of the victims killed in the suicide bombing.

  • Leroy Wright