Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has issued a statement following the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. She said:
“I know that some people will only just be waking up to the news of the horrific attacks in Manchester last night.
This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the victims who have been affected, and I know the whole country will share that view.
I’d like to pay tribute to the emergency services who have worked throughout the night professionally and effectively – they have done an excellent job.
Later on this morning, I will be attending COBRa, chaired by the Prime Minister, to collect more information – to find out more – about this particular attack, and I can’t comment any more on that at the moment.
The public should remain alert but not alarmed. If they have anything to report, they should approach the police. But I have two further things to add.
The great city of Manchester has been affected by terrorism before. Its spirit was not bowed; its community continued.
This time it has been a particular attack on the most vulnerable in our society – its intention was to sow fear – its intention is to divide. But it will not succeed”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said on Twitter:
“Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services”.
Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
“My deepest sympathies are with the victims, and with families who have lost loved ones, as well as those desperately waiting for news. I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the emergency services.
This is an attack on innocent people and the nation is united both in its grief and its determination to stand up to this deplorable attack”.
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, said:
“Heartbreaking news from Manchester. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones or been injured in this barbaric attack”.