Manchester attack "an assault on our way of life"

By Sam Cooper | 23/05/2017

Manchester attack 'an assault on our way of life'
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner.

SOUTH Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has described the Manchester Arena terrorist attack as “sickening and cynical”.

Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and 59 injured in a suspected suicide attack at a concert at Manchester Arena last night.

The explosion happened at 10.35pm on Monday at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos and student Georgina Callander were among those killed.

A further 20 people who died have not yet been named.

Dr Billings said: “It was an assault on both the individuals who were there and our way of life.

“I have been with senior police officers this morning to be assured that everything that can be done by them in South Yorkshire to provide reassurance and increase security is being done.

“At these times we must renew our determination to stand together because that is the way in which, in the long run, terrorists will be overcome.

“We pray for those who have died, those injured and their families and friends.”

Police said the attack was carried out by one man, who died when he detonated an improvised explosive device.

Families continue to use social media in the hunt to find missing loved ones.

Armed police arrested a 23-year-old man in Chorlton, south Manchester, in connection with the attack.

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