Manchester terror attack

Singapore strongly condemns Manchester attack

A wounded concert-goer getting help after Monday night's explosion in Manchester. Survivors described the chaos in the aftermath of the blast as fans at the Ariana Grande concert fled in panic while families searched for their loved ones. Children an
A wounded concert-goer getting help after Monday night's explosion in Manchester. Survivors described the chaos in the aftermath of the blast as fans at the Ariana Grande concert fled in panic while families searched for their loved ones. Children and teenagers were among those who died or were injured in the suicide bombing.PHOTOS: JOEL GOODMAN/LNP, REUTERS

Singapore's leaders have conveyed their condolences over Monday's bomb attack in Manchester.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, in his letter to Queen Elizabeth II, said that he was "deeply saddened" to learn about the bombing, and added that Singapore "strongly condemns this vicious act".

"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I convey our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We also wish those injured a rapid recovery," he said.

"I am certain that the United Kingdom will stand firm in the face of adversity, and overcome this difficult period with strength."

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In his letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore strongly condemned "this senseless act of violence".

"We must never allow such acts to divide our societies and bring fear to our daily lives," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the British people, especially the victims and their families, during this difficult time."

REACTIONS FROM WORLD LEADERS

I won't call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that is a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that is what they are. They are losers, and we will have more of them. But they are losers - just remember that.

US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP,  referring to terrorists.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement that there have been no reports of Singaporeans injured in the incident.

MFA and the Singapore High Commission in London have reached out to Singaporeans who are e-registered in Manchester, the statement said.

The Singapore High Commission will work closely with the Manchester police to monitor the situation closely, it added.

MFA advised Singaporeans in Britain to keep in touch with family and friends, and those who need urgent consular assistance are advised to contact the Singapore High Commission or MFA Duty Office.

Singapore High Commission

• Tel: +44 (0)207 235 8315

• Duty handphone: +44 (0) 771 034 8335

• E-mail: singhc_lon@mfa.sg

MFA Duty Office (24 hours)

• Tel: +65 63798800/8855

• Email: mfa_duty_office@mfa.gov.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2017, with the headline 'Singapore strongly condemns attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe