Poles missing after Manchester terror attack - foreign ministry
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Polish citizens are among those missing after a deadly terror attack in the English city of Manchester, the foreign ministry in Warsaw said on Tuesday.
Police cordon off the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain, after a terror attack. Photo: EPA/ANDY RAIN
“Consuls are in constant contact with and are providing assistance to the families of Polish citizens who went missing in Manchester,” the foreign ministry said on its website.
It added: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General in Manchester are verifying all information and media reports regarding Poles in Manchester.”
British broadcaster ITV has reported that a Polish couple may be among those missing. It cited a post on social media by the pair’s daughter.
At least 22 people, including children, died and some 60 were wounded in a blast as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, northwest England, on Monday night. The sports and concert hall has a capacity of 21,000.
A suicide bomber is suspected of causing the blast.
Hotline for families
The Polish Consulate General in Manchester has launched a special hotline for worried families: +44 (0) 77 69 97 57 19.
The foreign ministry appealed to Poles in Manchester to be particularly careful and to adhere to the recommendations of local authorities.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Tuesday condemned the bombing, calling it a "monstrous act of violence."
President conveys condolences
Polish President Andrzej Duda placed flowers outside the British embassy in Warsaw on Tuesday afternoon and expressed his condolences to the British ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott.
Monday's attack, Duda said earlier," is something that should never happen of course, but is something that today is a European reality.”
He added: "Terrorist attacks, anxiety about the lives of one’s loved ones, is what Europe is today struggling with, what the world is struggling with today.”