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Ariana Grande concerts at London O2 may be pulled

Ariana Grande is due to play two concerts at the O2 later this week. Credit: PA

A the O2 arena in London has indicated that two Ariana Grande shows due to take place later this week may be cancelled or put off following the deadly attack on the singer's concert in Manchester.

A statement said they have been in contact with Grande's management and will be in contact with ticket holders as soon as they have further information.

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It added that anyone visiting the venue in Greenwich, London, should allow extra time to go through enhanced security

Grande's team are considering the future of all remaining dates on her tour, according to ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar.


Rihanna: Manchester gig attack could have struck any of us

Rihanna paid tribute to the victims of the bombing. Credit: PA

Singer Rihanna has said the suicide attack at a Ariana Grande pop concert "could have happened to any of us" as she offered her sympathies to the victims.

The singer said she was "devastated" to see a terror bombing targeting "innocent vulnerable kids".

A number of other pop stars and celebrities have also expressed their shock and paid tribute to the victims.

So-called Islamic State claims to be behind attack

The police presence outside Manchester Arena. Credit: PA

So-called Islamic State have claimed to be behind the terror attack at Manchester Arena which left 22 people dead and 59 injured.

The terror organisation claimed that the attack was carried out using an explosive device which was planted at the Ariana Grande concert.

In a translated statement the group said: "The destruction of 100 crusaders with an explosive IED in the city of Manchester, Britain.

"By the grace of god in revenge for the religion of god most high and the terrorism of the polytheists, as a response to their enmity and the lands of the Muslim, one of the soldiers of the caliphate has managed to place an IED in a group of crusaders in the city of Manchester Britain.

"And it was in the building of the arena of the party which results in the death of 30 crusaders and injury of 70 others."

MI5 head: We are working to combat 'scourge' of terror

Andrew Parker Credit: MI5

The head of Britain's internal security services has said they are working "relentlessly" to keep the country safe.

Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, said the Manchester terror attack was "disgusting" in a statement.

Everyone at MI5 is revolted by the disgusting terrorist attack in Manchester last night. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, the injured and everyone affected by it.

Our teams have been working with the police through the night to assist the investigation.

We remain relentlessly focused, in numerous current operations, on doing all we can to combat the scourge of terrorism and keep the country safe.

– Andrew Parker

Queen hails Manchester's humanity after 'act of barbarity'

The Queen condemned the suicide bomb attack as an 'act of barbarity'.

The Queen has said the whole nation has been shocked by the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

In a statement offering her deepest sympathy to those affected, she also expressed her admiration for the way the people of Manchester have shown "humanity and compassion" in response to the "act of barbarity".

The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.

– The Queen


At least 12 children among victims of terror attack

At least 12 of the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack are children.

Not much detail has been released about the conditions of the injured but a North West Ambulance Service confirmed a dozen youngsters were taken to Manchester Children's Hospital.

In total 59 people were injured and 22 have been confirmed dead.

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