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GCC condemns deadly attack on Manchester Arena

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states strongly condemned the bombing of a concert hall in Manchester on Monday, which resulted in the death and wounding of a number of innocent civilians and which it described as “terrorist”.

The Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, described the incident as “a heinous terrorist crime that is contrary to moral and humanitarian values and demonstrates the need of the international community to unite efforts to eradicate terrorism wherever it may be”.

Zayani stressed the solidarity of the GCC countries and their stand with the United Kingdom to protect its security and stability, according to a statement made available to Al Arabiya.

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation of the bomb attack in Manchester.

A blast on Monday night at a concert in the English city of Manchester where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing left at least 22 people dead and about 50 injured in what British police said was being treated as a terrorist incident.