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Balkan Leaders Offer Condolences After Manchester Attack

Balkan leaders have condemned the bombing in Manchester, which left 22 people dead and 59 injured. 

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
Emergency services personnel speak to people outside Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA via AP

Leaders of Balkan countries are sending messages of support to Great Britain after a suspected terror attack killed 22 persons, some of them children, and injured 59 at a concert in Manchester on Tuesday.

Albanian foreign minister Ditmir Bushati said he was “saddened by the horrific Manchester attack.”

“My thoughts are with the victims and their families. We stand united to fight terrorism,” Bushati tweeted.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci called the attack shocking and cruel on his official Twitter account.

“Kosovo stands by the British government and people against the scourge,” Thaci said.

The prime minister of Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, expressed condolences to British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Montenegrin government said it was, “appalled by the heinous crime,” in Manchester.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov sent “heartfelt condolences“ to those who lost loved ones in the attack, adding that “our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

President of Romania Klaus Iohannis said that he was shocked by the “terrible news” and expressed solidarity with Britain.

“Outraged and saddened by the terrible news from Manchester. Our thoughts go to the victims and their relatives. Solidarity with Britain,” reads Iohannis’ message on Twitter.

Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect, Aleksandar Vucic, sent a telegram to Theresa May offering his condolences.

“The innocent victims of this inhuman act warn us that hatred and violence can happen anywhere and anytime. Therefore we must unite to defend civilised values from the forces of darkness, to achieve a noble cause – a future without fear of terrorism,” Vucic said.

Fadil Novalic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, sent his condolences to the UK ambassador in Bosnia, Edward Alexander De Poulton Ferguson.

“This is not just an attack on Great Britain, but on all democratic countries and peace loving peoples,” Novalic said.

British police confirmed the deaths of 22 people and 59 injured in a blast at Manchester Arena, which took place at the end of a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande.

According to police, the attacker was acting alone and died at the scene after detonating an “improvised explosive device.” An investigation should reveal whether the bomber was part of a wider network.

Supporters of the terrorist organisation Islamic State celebrated the attack on social networks.

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