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World reacts to Manchester terror attack

The suicide attack in Manchester is the most deadly attack in the country for a decade.
The suicide attack in Manchester is the most deadly attack in the country for a decade. / Reuters
  • Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and foreign minister Alfonso Dastis are among those who have condemned the attack in which 22 people were killed

Spain has joined many nations around the world in condemning Monday night's atrocities in Manchester, where at least 22 people, among them children, were killed in a suicide attack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in the south of Manchester on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the attack, which Islamic State have claimed responsibility for.

On Tuesday morning, Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences to the families affected and gave his "best wishes for the victims' speedy recovery".

Concert-goers after the attack.

Concert-goers after the attack. / Reuters

The British Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley also joined Rajoy to take part in a minute's silence to remember the victims of the attack.

Spain's foreign minister Alfonso Dastis was left "distressed" by the attack, and offered his solidarity "to all the victims and the British people" as well as total support to the British government, while Pedro Sánchez, the leader of Spain's socialist party, also condemned the attack and called for "unity to stop so much fanaticism".

At least 59 people were injured in the suicide bombing, which left those surviving escaping in terror and left several children separated from their parents.

In response, British prime minister Theresa May chaired an emergency meeting of the government's crisis committee, Cobra, early on Tuesday morning.