Hundreds of Dundee residents gathered in the city centre today as they stood “shoulder to shoulder” with the people of Manchester.
A minute’s silence was observed outside of the Caird Hall at 11am as locals joined cities and communities across the UK in paying tribute to the 22 victims of the terror attack in Manchester Arena on Monday evening.
A further 64 people were injured – 20 critically – after an alleged suicide bomber targeted the Ariana Grande gig.
Adressing the crowd following the minute’s silence, Imam Hamza of the Dundee Cenral Mosque praised the “spirit of community and compassion showed by the people of the UK” in the wake of the attacks.
He added: “We condemn the brutal, mindless attack on young innocent people by a man who had a topsy-turvy view of the world.
“This was a cowardly attack. Terrorists have no religion or ethnicity. They want to cause division in our communities.”
Dundee Lord Provost, Ian Borthwick, said: “The city of Dundee and its people are fully behind greater Manchester, and I certainly have offered any support we can to the authorities in Manchester.
“I think it is important also to point out that we have a unity of purpose in the religions here today, and also the people of Dundee.
“These disasters often bring people together and I think there is an increased cohesion amongst the people as a consequence, and I think that is something to be welcomed and lauded.”
Earlier today Scots teen, Eilidh MacLeod, was named among the victims of the terror attack.