“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with everyone affected by last night’s shocking events. We pray for the people who have been injured and their loved ones.
“We stand together in solidarity and totally condemn this devastating and senseless attack.
“This is understandably a difficult time, but once again, our communities are coming together in joint support and we are determined that we will not be divided.
“Our thanks go out to everyone in the emergency services for their relentless hard work, strength and courage.
“The Union Flag is flying at half mast today at Halifax Town Hall as a mark of respect.”