South African authorities are monitoring the fallout after a suspected terror attack rocked Manchester in England.
“The department is in contact with the South African High Commission in London. There are no reports thus far of South African victims‚” said Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.
“They’re monitoring the situation and will report to us should there be any developments.”
The death toll in the attack had risen to 22‚ police said on Tuesday.
The city was struck by the incident‚ which occurred around 10.30pm on Monday night‚ after a concert at the Manchester Arena by singer Ariana Grande.
Scores of young people and their parents are believed to have been in the audience.
“Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died‚ the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones‚” chief constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement released on social media on Tuesday morning.
Police earlier said the attack was being treated as a “terrorist incident”.
Grande tweeted that she was “broken” after the incident‚ which has sparked worldwide condemnation.
The attack has sparked a frantic search for loved ones who were at the event.
South Africans shared words of sympathy on social media platforms after the attack.
I am a muslim from South Africa & my prayers are with everyone right now in Manchester. My deepest condolences to the families as well.
— Yasmeen. (@OfficialYasmeen) May 23, 2017
Woke up at 5am in South africa to this terrible news. Young innocent lives taken. Coz when you cry it hurts me too #Manchester
— Franklin Willemse (@Finkstyle) May 23, 2017
@VusiThembekwayo South Africa and the rest of the world is with you Manchester
— Xolani Makhaya (@xcmakhaya) May 23, 2017
Whenever I hear of a terrorist attack I re-live the 80's in South Africa when bombs went off in our cities killing innocents. #manchester
— Martin Gee Godfrey (@FerretGee) May 23, 2017