Egypt condemns Manchester suicide bombing, calls for irreversible anti-terror measures

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 May 2017

The Egyptian foreign ministry said the international community must eliminate terrorist groups and dry up their resources

Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ a terrorist attack that killed at least 22 concertgoers, including children, at the Manchester Arena in northern England following a Monday evening concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

In an official statement on Tuesday, Egypt’s foreign ministry said that the perpetration of such a terrorist attack just days after an anti-terrorism summit in Riyadh affirms the need for the international community to take irreversible action to eliminate terrorism and dry out its resources, based on a comprehensive vision presented by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during his speech in the Saudi capital.

A spokesman of the ministry expressed Egypt’s support for the British government and people in combating terrorism and any attempts to intimidate its citizens.

On Monday evening, dozens of concertgoers, including some children, were killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester.

According to the police, the unknown attacker died after detonating explosives shortly after 10:33 pm (2133 GMT) at Manchester Arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack, making it the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

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