Ariana Grande released a statement on the deadly bombing at her concert on Monday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, telling the families of the victims, “We will not quit or operate in fear.”
“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” Grande wrote in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”
Grande also announced Friday she would return to Manchester to perform a benefit concert for the victims of the attack, and posted a link to a British Red Cross-partnered JustGiving account that fans could use to donate to the families of those killed or injured. Read more (5/26/17)
Gunfire and explosions were reported at Resorts World Manila in the Philippines at around 1:30 a.m. local time Friday, according to CNN.
Hotel employees told the outlet’s sister station, CNN Philippines, that a masked gunman had been spotted on the second floor of one hotel, firing at guests. Police and fire trucks were on the scene. Read more (6/1/17 2:50 PM)
Violence broke out in and around the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday at both the Iranian parliament building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, just south of the city, CNN reported.
CNN reported that 12 people were killed in the dual attacks and dozens more were injured, citing Iranian media.
According to the Associated Press, Iranian state media reported that multiple attackers stormed the Iranian parliament building, which, according to CNN, is “highly fortified,” with “multiple security checkpoints.” Read more (6/7/17)
Attack on Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby, August 2007
In the early hours of 11 August, Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby were attacked by a number of teenage boys, while walking through a park in Lancashire.
Robert was knocked unconscious, and Sophie was kicked, stomped on, jumped on, and viciously beaten. After the attack, Police said that they were both beaten so badly that they could not tell the genders of the victims. Both Sophie and Robert were hospitalised as a result of the attack. Robert’s injuries left him in a coma with bleeding on the brain, which he gradually recovered from, but was left with lasting brain damage. Sophie’s injuries were much worse, however, and was in a coma indefinitely. Her family switched off her life support on 24 August, after doctors confirmed that she would never regain consciousness.
5 teenage boys were arrested in connection with the attack, but only 2 were charged with murder. Brendan Harris and Ryan Herbert were sentenced to life imprisonment, for the murder of Sophie Lancaster. The other 3 boys were sentenced to several years jail time, for grievous bodily harm with intent.
Thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by today's attacks in Tehran.
Only a few days after the attacks in London it is shocking and heart breaking that these terrorists have now hit somewhere else that I consider so close to me.
No only is there an attack on the parliament building, somewhere that is meant to represent a place of democracy, but also on a shrine.
2 separate attacks in one day. Unfortunately 5 (now 12) people have already been reported as killed and there are still ISIS terrorist in the parliament building. I hope that the authorities are able to quickly and safely resolve the situation without anymore civilian casualties.
Thoughts and prayers are with everyone who may have been affected by today’s attacks. We must stand together and stand strong against all forms of extremism and terrorism.
Concerts should be a happy and safe place. A place where we can escape from the problems of everyday life and feel the music do its magic. A place where we can enjoy ourselves, let the music take us to places where we’ve never been before. Concerts are an experience most of us cherish forever. As I said, our happy place.
Our parents shouldn’t be wondering if we’ll get home safe from a show, an event like this shouldn’t happen in the first place but the world is filled with hatred.
I’m in shock, I feel like they attacked my home. Because concerts are my home, my happy place.
When tragedies like this happen it just hits us that no matter what we do, there are some things we don’t have control on. All we can do is spread love and hope for the best.
My heart is aching and my thoughts are with everyone involved in this horrible event.
May love conquer fear and hatred. May love bring our peace back.