Sending love to Manchester, England

Red Deerians honour victims of tragedy

Once again, the world was shaken by news of another terrorist attack. This time, the attack happened in Manchester, England during an Ariana Grande concert where thousands of people, many of which were children, had gathered on Monday night.

The act is absolutely unthinkable and hard to comprehend – thousands of people were out for a night of enjoyment. One never thinks that this type of danger could lurk around the corner.

ISIS has ultimately claimed responsibility for the attack which, as of Tuesday morning, saw 22 people killed and many more injured. Nearly a dozen people are still unaccounted for as well. The bomber has been named and was 22-years-old. Police are trying to determine whether or not he acted alone.

These kinds of reports are unfortunately becoming all too common these days as violence seems to be more prevalent.

Attacks like this seem to be escalating and creating much unrest and fear in the world. Before 9/11, citizens in the western world rarely, if ever, heard of this type of extreme attack or violence. That has been slowing changing and many now live in fear.

Officials are calling the attacks in Manchester the worst terror attack in Britain since the July 2015 suicide bomb attacks in central London which saw 52 people killed.

Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom said, “It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation. This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom and although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worse ever to hit the north of England.”

In addition, Premier Rachel Notley offered her condolences on Tuesday morning.

“On behalf of the Province of Alberta, I express deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and hurt in yesterday’s senseless terrorist attack in Manchester,” read her statement. “This attack was cruel, it targeted young people, specifically young women, and it will do nothing to shake our resolve. We stand in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom and with everyone who values free and open societies.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those mourning this brutal act.”

As the world begins to process and heal from yet another terrorist attack, it is important to remember that we need to unite together more than ever before.