UK's Prince William pays tribute to Manchester after attack

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2017 11:23 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William met members of the emergency services and young victims of the Manchester bombing in hospital on Friday, praising the solidarity shown by the city in the aftermath of the attack.

The bombing last Monday outside the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 and left over 100 injured, the deadliest attack by militants in Britain for 12 years.

William commended the first responders for their "incredible efforts" in dealing with the aftermath of the attack and praised officers for their bravery in a trip to the headquarters of the local police force.

"Manchester's strength and togetherness is an example to the world. My thoughts are with those affected," William said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.

He also signed the Book of Condolence at Manchester Cathedral, before visiting some of the injured, who are being treated at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

This follows a visit by Queen Elizabeth last week to the same hospital. During her visit, she described the terror attack as "very wicked" and spoke to children and teenagers affected by the blast.

A tribute concert is due to take place on Sunday, in support of the victims. Organised by Ariana Grande, the concert is set to feature stars such as Miley Cyrus, Take That and Pharrell Williams.

Tickets for the event sold out just six minutes after going on sale. Those who were present at the concert when bombing took place have all received free tickets.

(Reporting by Robin Gillham; Editing by Tom Heneghan)