We are grieving today but we are strong - Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

Manchester bombing was 'evil' attack targeting children Andy Burnham says

Manchester bombing was 'evil' attack targeting children Andy Burnham says

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor, also pitched in: "I want to express my sympathy, condolences and solidarity with the people of Manchester following the awful events experienced at their arena".

The former Labour MP admitted the city is "grieving" today over the horrifying attack on teenage fans at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena.

At least 59 people were injured in the attack which is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber who died at the scene.

Speaking this morning, Burnham, who was elected as mayor of Manchester on May 4, said "after our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most hard of dawns".

"There's so much shock, anger and hurt that we feel today", he said.

"This was an evil act".

"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill", he said. "Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured and we will do whatever we can to support them".

"We are grieving today, but we are strong", he added.

He praised the people of Manchester for opening their doors to those affected by the attack and doing what they can to help.

"With communities coming together, we will not allow this to divide us, as citizens of Manchester demonstrated last night as they came out to give support to people whatever their needs". It is right also that all campaigning has been stopped in the British General Election by all parties contesting the election.

"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack", May said.

England's metro mayors have rallied around Manchester after it suffered the worst attack in its history.

"I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the emergency services".

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