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23 May 2017

INTERPOL assisting UK coordinate international response after Manchester terrorist attack

LYON, France – INTERPOL is assisting UK authorities coordinate their international response following the terrorist attack in Manchester in which at least 22 people lost their lives.

The world police body is in close liaison with its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester and has contacted the NCBs in all of its 190 member countries to advise them that any information or requests for updates can be channelled through its Command and Coordination Centre, where a crisis cell has been established.

With many countries checking if any of their nationals were killed or injured in the attack, the support provided by INTERPOL is aimed at streamlining exchanges with the UK and relieving pressure on the authorities currently investigating the incident.

Secretary General Jürgen Stock said INTERPOL would continue to provide every support necessary to the UK authorities following the attack.

“In a fast moving investigation such as this, the clear flow of information is vital, both for police focusing on their enquiries and for the families and friends trying to establish if their loved ones have been involved.

“INTERPOL will provide whatever support is required by the UK both now and as their enquiries progress.

“Our condolences are with the families and friends of the victims. For so many people, especially children, not to return home after going out to enjoy a concert, is a tragedy.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the professional and swift response by the emergency services in Manchester dealing with this terrorist attack,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.