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July 22 2017, 10:41 | Jonathan Williams
Labour's newly elected Greater Manchester mayor spoke just hours after the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena. The lone attacker died in the explosion from what is said to be a home-made bomb.
Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester metro mayor, responded to the terror attack by saying the city would do what it could to carry on as usual this morning.
"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. There is nothing fearless about attacking young and vulnerable at a concert."Reacting to back-to-back terror attacks, Dasgupta said from London, "This is the second attack in recent months but one of the many round the globe that have been targeting vulnerable people - The Pulse attack in United States of America, the UK parliament attack and the assassination MP Jo Cox a year ago - which London mayor Sadiq Khan pointed as: "Those who want to destroy our way of life and divide us will never succeed'".
"We have to put our arms around them and support them, not just today but in all the very hard days to come because a trauma like this doesn't go in a day or two - it's there with them for the rest of their lives".
"Even in the minutes after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger", he said.
Lucy Powell, Manchester Central's Labour candidate and the MP before the election, said the city would "come together and unite in solidarity".