Following the attack on Manchester Arena last night, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, issued the following statement:
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I understand teenagers and children have been caught up in what the police has confirmed to be a terrorist attack.
This is horrific, this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.
I pay tribute to the police and emergency services who have worked valiantly to save lives last night. They were helped by civilians who rushed into offer their support.
I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected.