Nic Hailey responds to Manchester Arena terrorist attack

Nic Hailey speaking at EDBI2016
Nic Hailey speaking at the Ease of Doing Business Initiative 2016. Photo: Twitter/EDBI2016Nairobi

British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey has released a statement in response to the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena last night at the end of an Ariana Grande concert which claimed the loves of 22 people and injured 59. Many of the victims are believed to be children.

In his statement, Mr Hailey said:

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those caught up in the terrible incident last night in Manchester. The full details of what has happened are still emerging, but the incident is being treated by the Greater Manchester Police as a terrorist attack.

“Manchester is a place which many Kenyans know well – a city which stands, among many other things, for the deep connections between our two countries. I am deeply grateful for the public messages of support from President Kenyatta and others, and for the determination of Kenya and Kenyans to stand with the United Kingdom to ensure all our people can live their lives free of fear.”

The city’s Arndale Centre has also been evacuated this morning, with witnesses reporting hearing a “big bang” and a 22-year-old man has reportedly been arrested in connection with the Manchester Arena attack.