Hartlepool’s Muslim community has condemned the Manchester Arena attack which left 22 dead, including children, as “barbaric”.
Tahir Selby, Iamam of the Nasir Mosque in Brougham Terrace, said: “This was shocking and our deepest sympathy goes out to all the innocent victims of this terrible attack.
“Whilst supposed Muslims are claiming responsibility for this, I want to re-emphasise that this has nothing to do with Islam or religion.”
The bomber has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi and a 23-year-old man has also been arrested.
Islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack.