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Ariana Grande to hold benefit concert for Manchester bomb victims

She said her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” are with those affected by the atrocity.

Ariana Grande will hold a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The US pop star said her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” are with those affected by the bombing in a lengthy statement on Twitter.

She said she plans to return to the “incredibly brave” city for a concert “in honour of and to raise funds for the victims and their families”.

She said: “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.

“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.”

Ariana calls for people to come “closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”

Twenty-two victims including children were killed when Salman Abedi, 22, launched a suicide attack at Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

It was the worst terrorist atrocity to hit Britain since the July 7 attacks in London in 2005 and sparked a huge counter-terror probe.

The singer said she will think of the victims “with everything I do for the rest of my life”, adding: “They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday.”

She posted a link to the Red Cross and Manchester Evening News’ fundraising appeal which has raised almost £1.7 million since the attack.

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