Niagara University students abroad in London are safe and accounted for after what international authorities have described as a "suicide bombing" inside a concert venue where U.S. pop star Ariana Grande was getting ready to perform. 

The college said Tuesday 36 students are studying abroad in London and they are all safe.

“As we reflect on the tragedy in Manchester last evening, the thoughts and prayers of the Niagara University community are with the victims and their families as they cope with this senseless violence,” Niagara University President Rev. James Maher said. “May God’s healing presence bring comfort to them during this difficult time.”

Sixty-six students from the University at Buffalo were also in Europe during the time of the attack, but it is not clear where. None, that UB is aware of, were in Manchester when the attack happened.

A spokesman for Niagara County Community College said the college has not been notified of any students studying or injured in the bombing in Manchester.

Locally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.

In a statement, Cuomo called the explosion "an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings."

 

— Channel 4 News contributed to this report.

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