An off-duty female officer from Cheshire police was killed in the Manchester attack.
Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has confirmed that one of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack was a serving police officer.
Her husband is critically ill and her children were injured in the blast.
The police officer is one of the 22 victims of the attack.
The identity of the family is not yet known.
Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales , responded to the confirmation an off-duty policewoman was killed in Monday’s terrorist attack.
The unnamed officer, whose husband and two children were also reportedly injured in the blast, is the second to be killed by terrorism in less than three months, coming after Keith Palmer was stabbed during the March Westminster attack.
BBC News understands an off-duty police officer is among those killed in #Manchester. Her husband critically ill. Their two children injured
— Dominic Casciani (@BBCDomC) May 24, 2017
“Once again the service has been rocked by the devastating news that a member of the police family has lost their life because of the murderous actions of a terrorist,” said Mr White.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of everybody affected at this difficult time.”
Cheshire Police confirmed the death, saying: “Cheshire Police is now in a position to confirm that sadly one of our female officers tragically died while off-duty at the Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May.
“Unfortunately, we are not able to release any further details at the stage.”