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Manchester attack: Belfast shows its support at City Hall vigil

City hall to be lit in colours of Union flag to show support and book of condolence opened

A small group gathered outside the gates of Belfast City Hall for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack.

They held posters which said: "We stand together. Manchester."

Amnesty International's Northern Ireland director Patrick Corrigan said it sent a message of support.

"Tonight's vigil outside City Hall is really a spontaneous response by members of the local community and really it is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the citizens of Manchester from the citizens of Belfast.

"To say we share your pain, and it is a response that is about a sense of community, a sense of humanity and the simple message tonight is we stand together."

A vigil was also held in Derry.

City hall will also be bathed in the colours of the Union flag as a sign of solidarity with the city.

Meanwhile, a book of condolence opened on Tuesday for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

First to sign the book were the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, and the High Sheriff, Alderman Tom Haire.

It is available for signing in the main entrance hall during normal of city hall opening hours (8.30 am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Sinn Fein leader Michelle O'Neill was also among those who signed the book of condolence.

Children are among 22 people who died after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, carrying out a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Police say 59 people were also injured in the blast which happened at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by many children and teenagers, shortly after 10.30pm on Monday.

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Announcing that the death toll had risen on Tuesday morning, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: "What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased."

He said: "This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see."

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