“We are grieving today, but we are strong,” said Manchester’s newly elected Mayor Andy Burnham, branding last night’s terror attack that killed 22 people including children at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena an “evil act” for targeting a concert that would be attended by many children.
The Manchester Mayor praised the emergency services working throughout the night and praised the response of Manchester and the world to the horrifying attack. Andy Burnham’s full statement:
“After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns.
It’s hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.
These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.
This was an evil act. 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. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.
I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.
We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that.
But lastly I wanted to thank the people of Manchester. Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.
They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.”