Little children are among those who an assumed Islamic suicide bomber murdered at Manchester Arena last night.
At 22:35 BST the lone male attacker detonated an improvised explosive device, killing 22 and injuring 59 at an Ariana Grande gig.
Prime Minister Theresa May outlined the incident outside No 10 Downing Street, saying the incident is “among the worst terrorist incidents we have experienced in the United Kingdom.”
She told how we struggle to comprehend the “warped and twisted” mind set that sees a room filled with children as an opportunity to commit carnage.
Mrs May praised the police and emergency services for their heroic work in the aftermath of the event.
President Trump offered his deepest condolences and called on the “wicked ideology” of radical Islam to be “completely obliterated”.
He said: “We stand with absolute solidarity with the people of the UK. SO many young, beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. Iv won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that’s a great name. I call them, from now on, losers – because that’s what they are. They’re losers and we’ll have more of them. Just remember that.”
He went onto tell how he has been discussing terrorism with world leaders in the Middle East in his tour.
President Trump added: “The terror and extremists must be driven out from our society. This wicked ideology must be obliterated – and I mean completely obliterated. All civilized nations should join together to protect human life and the sacred right to live in safety and peace.”
The first victim named this morning is Georgina Callander, 18, who died with her mother at her bedside in hospital, according to the Evening Standard.
Georgina’s friends have left heart-breaking tributes to the youngster online.
Pal Liana tweeted: “Rest in peace Gina. I love you so incredibly much, you deserved the world & more. I’m so lucky to have met you and known you.”
Friend Sophie posted: “To my beautiful best friend I hope you rest in peace my darling I love you so much and will always miss you.”
Scores of music fans, including children, are missing and a special hotline has been set up to track them down.
The mass murder mirrors those carried out across Europe where Muslims have been inspired by the rise of ISIS.
It is highly likely the attack in Manchester is the latest in a pattern of Islamic terror in the West.
Police and counter terrorist forces are attempting to establish if the attacker was working with a wider network.
Tommy Robinson of The Rebel Media UK and outspoken critic of the violence Islam inspires has demanded action.
He said: “We need mass deportation of terrorists and their families who harbour them. No more sitting and waiting for them to strike terror on our soil.”
Piers Morgan, journalist and TV presenter, has become a recent spokesman against political correctness in the UK. He has called on the Muslim community to do more to report extremist views.
A poll of Muslims in Britain has shown only a third would contact the police if they believed that somebody close to them had become involved with jihadists.