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Manchester attack: Australians urged not to travel A woman is consoled as she looks at the floral tributes following an evening vigil outside the Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images
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A woman is consoled as she looks at the floral tributes following an evening vigil outside the Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

Messages are left among tributes by members of the public in St Ann Square on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Manchester ,England.Photo: Getty Images

A woman looks emotional as she looks at flowers left in St Ann Square on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

A young man writes emergency details and a tribute message on a pavement on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

A woman lays flowers in St Ann Square on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

A man with a t-shirt that says ‘FCK ISIS’ waits at a red light on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

People leave flowers in St. Anne’s Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Messages are left among tributes by members of the public in St Ann Square on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Manchester ,England.Photo: Getty Images

People embrace as they stand near the Arndale centre on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Messages are left among tributes by members of the public in St Ann Square on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Manchester ,England.Photo: Getty Images

A giant TV advertisement screen, standing next to the city logo of The Worker Bee, displays ‘Pray For Manchester’ after last nights terrorist attack, May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Armed police officers monitor the area before an evening vigil outside the Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

A woman wearing a ‘I heart MCR’ t-shirt makes her way to lay flowers in St Ann Square on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

A tribute is laid at a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

A Manchester United scarf, laid in the shape of a heart, lies next to flowers left by members of the public at a candlelit vigil in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

People gather to attend a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Members of the public attend a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Members of the public look at some of the floral tributes following an evening vigil outside the Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Members of the public attend a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Members of the public gather at a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Police officers and members of the public look at some of the floral tributes following an evening vigil outside the Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Members of the public attend a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

Members of the public attend a candlelit vigil, to honour the victims of Monday evening’s terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Photo: Getty Images

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— OhDearBritain (@Ohdearbritain) May 23, 2017broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017

“The Australian High Commission in London is making urgent enquiries to determine whether any Australians have been affected by the incident,” it said.

All major UK political parties suspended their election campaigns for the day.

Leaders from around the world sent messages of sympathy and support.

In a statement to the Australian Parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it had been a vile and “brutal attack on young people everywhere”.

Australia was acting to protect places of mass gathering, he said, and Australia stood with the UK as “steadfast allies in freedom’s cause”.

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