London mayor reviewing security after Manchester attack

UK – London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced security will be reviewed in London after 22 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena this week.

The mayor said extra police would be deployed on the streets of London in the wake of the terror attack.

Khan said that the capital “stands united” with Manchester and praised the “heroism and bravery” of the emergency services who responded to the atrocity.

The blast, carried out by a lone suicide bomber, tore through the venue as the concert – attended by 21,000 people – was ending at 10.30pm on Monday.

In a statement posted on social media, Mr Khan said: “London stands united with the great city of Manchester today after this barbaric and sickening attack.

“This was a cowardly act of terrorism that targeted a concert attended by thousands of children and young people.

“My heart goes out to the victims, their families and everybody affected. Once again we have seen the heroism of our brave emergency services. They have our full support and are in all our thoughts today.

“I am in constant contact with the Metropolitan Police, who are reviewing security arrangements in London. Londoners will see more police on our streets today.

“Manchester and the rest of Britain will never be cowed by terrorism. Those who want to destroy our way of life and divide us will never succeed.”

Met Police posted on Twitter: “Thoughts with Greater Manchester Police and people of Manchester. You’ll see more police in London today – stay vigilant and report anything suspicious.”

In a statement given on Tuesday morning, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, of Greater Manchester Police, said that 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the explosion as crowds left the arena.

He confirmed that children are among the dead.

Police confirmed this morning the attacker, who was acting alone, used an improvised explosive device. He died at the scene.