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Police deploy at scene of explosion in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, AFP

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday strongly expressed its condemnation of the act of violence which targeted a concert in northern England, according to an official statement issued by the foreign ministry.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns and denounces the explosion, which took place in Manchester in the United Kingdom and killed and injured a number of people,” the statement said.

On the other hand, Saudi Ambassador to the UK Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz made a telephone call with the head of Saudi Students Club in Manchester to reassure the safety of its students.

The Saudi Embassy is continuously following-up the latest developments with the concerned British authorities.

The embassy has not been informed of any harm to any Saudi citizens so far.

The blast, at a concert by US star Ariana Grande, killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens.

According to the ministry’s website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the Kingdom’s solidarity with the United Kingdom, underscoring the need of “a concerted international effort” to eradicate the scourge of terrorism and extremism.

Saudi Arabia offered its sincere condolences to the victim’s families, the government and the people of the UK. “(Saudi Arabia wishes) a speedy recovery for the wounded,” the website quoted a ministry source as saying.

Meanwhile, the Saudi ambassador to the UK conveyed Saudi Arabia’s sincere condolences on what he described as a “cowardly” attack.