At least 19 people were killed and over 50 injured in an explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday night. The British police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack by a probable suicide bomber.
According to several news outlets, the arena, which holds 21,000 spectators, was filled with children and their parents. Ariana Grande is a 23-year-old pop star on an international tour.
The Finnish Foreign Ministry was not aware of any Finnish casualties at 05:00 on Tuesday morning.
Manchester, with about 514,417 inhabitants, located in the United Kingdom’s second most crowded urban region of about 2.5 million citizens, has the biggest student population of any city in Europe. Manchester and the city of Liverpool in the vicinity are popular among the Finnish university students.
Manchester is also the host of the Finnish School in Manchester, founded in 1977 by local Finnish mums.
Many Finns are familiar with Manchester because of Premier League football. Manchester United and Manchester City are popular teams among football enthusiasts in Finland.
Sources: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, New York Times, The Guardian, HS