Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham condemns 'evil' terrorist act at Ariana Grande gig

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Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, said in a press conference that after the "darkest of nights" Manchester is waking up to "the most hard of dawns".

David Parker, the Convener of SBC, has sent two letters, one addressed to Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and another to Councillor Eddie Newman, the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

"These were children, young people and their families".

He was born and raised in Manchester to Libyan parents and worshipped in a mosque in Didsbury, not stopped going because the imam was speaking out against ISIS.

"I am aware of concerns from firefighters about the speed of the response to the terror attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night", Mr Burnham said. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

The death toll stood at 22 on Tuesday morning, while more than 50 people were also taken to hospitals around Manchester.

KOLKATA: A city youth, who is now the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate from East Hampshire, has suspended campaigning for the forthcoming general elections to support families of those who have either died or were injured in the Manchester attack Condemning the attack, 29-year-old Rohit K Dasgupta, who was born in Bhowanipore and an alumnus of St James" School and Jadavpur University, said: "These attacks are abhorrent and we condemn what has happened.

"This was an evil act".

The former health secretary thanked the hundreds of emergency services personnel who worked through the night in the most "difficult circumstances imaginable", and those who had offered their support from other cities and countries.

"Many of us may remember how Manchester recovered so well from the IRA attack on the city in 1996 and I have every confidence that the people of Manchester, from all walks of life, will once again pull together to demonstrate that they will not be cowed by terrorism".

"Even in the minutes after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger", he said.

Fans were leaving the show at Manchester Arena, when a suicide bomber attacked the foyer.

Thousands are expected to attend the vigil which will be held at 6pm tonight in Manchester's Albert Square.

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