'Terror at the arena': Shock over Manchester attack ripples through global media

How the Manchester Arena attack unfolded
How the Manchester Arena attack unfolded

The horror of an attack at a pop concert in Britain has seized the world's attention.

The blast at the Manchester Arena, which struck late Monday after a show by Ariana Grande, dominated coverage for news organizations across Asia, Europe and the United States.

Some headlines focused on the young age of many concertgoers: "Slaughter of the innocents," read the main headlines on the websites of U.K. tabloids The Sun and The Daily Mail.

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In the U.K. and the U.S., top newspapers tore up front pages to make room for the late breaking news, using images of wounded victims being helped from the scene.

"Terror at the arena," said the front of local daily, the Manchester Evening News. On Twitter, it expressed the city's heartbreak over the events.

A late edition of The Guardian, which has roots in the city, described the attack as "Murder in Manchester."

Witnesses describe Manchester Arena explosion
Witnesses describe Manchester Arena explosion

In the U.S., the New York Daily News took a starker line with a one-word main headline: "Savage."

With many details still unclear, including who was behind the attack, many news organizations like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal played their headlines straight.

The homepages of leading news sites in France, Germany and other European nations were devoted to the harrowing developments.

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The front page of the website of German tabloid Bild early Tuesday after the attack on Manchester Arena.

On major Israeli websites Tuesday morning, the attack for a time overshadowed President Trump's visit to the country.

In China and Japan, the attack was the top story on afternoon news broadcasts. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV noted "growing concern" about terrorism in Europe.

The events also sparked a huge amount of activity on social media. Terms like "Manchester" and "Ariana" appeared in millions of tweets and were trending worldwide.

-- Serenitie Wang and Yoko Wakatsuki contributed to this report.

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