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Ariana Grande pays tribute to Manchester attack victim Saffie Roussos with birthday message

Saffie Roussos would have turned nine on July 4 Credit: Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester/PA/ Family handout

Ariana Grande has paid a touching tribute to Manchester attack victim Saffie Roussos just days after what would have been the youngster's ninth birthday.

Grande tweeted out a message for Saffie, the youngest victim of the bombing at Manchester Arena, on Wednesday saying "we're thinking of you baby" alongside a birthday cake emoji.

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The tweet was also accompanied by a link to the pop star's Instagram page where she shared a picture of herself performing in Buenos Aires earlier that evening along with the same message to Saffie.

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Eight-year-old Saffie, from Lancashire, was with her family when suicide bomber Salman Abedi set off a home-made device in the foyer of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

Twenty-two people including seven children died in the attack.

On Saffie's birthday on Tuesday older sister, Ashlee Bromwich - who survived the blast - paid tribute to her super fan sister saying she had been "elated" to watch her idol perform.

Ashlee told the BBC: "She was Ariana Grande-obsessed, so to see how happy she was, it was just ... obviously I had to go with her."

Father Andrew Roussos added: "She was just counting the days, the seconds and it was just Ariana Grande until nine, 10 o'clock at night. And she would sing and dance every single song."

The young pop music fan would have celebrated her ninth birthday on July 4.