'We are grieving today but we are strong'
Fans were leaving the show at Manchester Arena, when a suicide bomber attacked the foyer. Police say that children are among the dead. The lone attacker died in the explosion from what is said to be a home-made bomb.
“It is 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,” Burnham told the BBC. “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.”
Mr Burnham continued: “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 through the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”
While Ariana Grande said that she was ‘broken’ after the attack, the entertainment world has spoken out in tribute – with the likes of Johnny Marr, Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Harry Styles and many more honouring those who died and the people of Manchester.
Prime Minister Theresa May has since confirmed that this is currently being treated as a terrorist attack – making it the deadliest attack as such on UK soil since 52 people were killed in the 7/7 suicide bombings in July 2005. Theresa May will hold emergency meetings today, while Jeremy Corbyn has also paid tribute and said that all campaigning for the upcoming general election has been ‘suspended‘.