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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 16:54
Manchester concert suicide attack prompts security rethinks worldwide
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Authorities as well as organisers of major sports and entertainment events in countries from the United States to Japan and Singapore are considering tightening security following a suicide bomb attack in Britain that killed at least 22 people.

Britain was on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely, after the suicide bomb blast at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester.

Meanwhile, world leaders have swiftly condemned deadly blast at Manchester Arena, which British police are treating as a "terrorist incident".

Accordingly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock and sorrow today on the suicide attack.

She said that this suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen their resolve to continue to work together with British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe today called on French citizens to be vigilant following the suicide attack at a concert in Manchester, which Philippe described as an "abominable crime."

"The most cowardly form of terrorism has struck once again, targeting - as in Paris more than a year ago - a concert venue," Philippe said in a statement in a reference to a similar attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015.

"I call on my fellow citizens to observe the utmost vigilance, confronted as we are with a threat which is more present than ever before," Philippe said.

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