Fresh terror fears as Manchester shopping centre evacuated by police
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 22:22
One day after a bombing claimed at least 22 lives at a concert venue in Manchester, England, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the U.K.is raising its terror threat level. A controlled explosion was carried out at the Fallowfield address on Tuesday to gain access to the home.
Here is what we know so far about Monday's attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005.
Police said they responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 10:35 p.m.at the arena, which has a capacity for 21,000 people, and where the USA singer had been performing to an audience that included many children.
As Rudd was speaking, the French interior minister was quoted as telling reporters that the attacker had proven links to Islamic State, and probably had traveled to Syria. Just under 1,000 soldiers have already been deployed, initially in London, then elsewhere.
Security services are investigating whether Manchester-born Abedi, whose family are reported to be of Libyan origin, acted alone or was part of a network.
Soldiers were replacing armed police on Wednesday at sites including Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was canceled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of police resources given the threat level.
"It is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack", May said.
USA security sources, citing British intelligence officials, said Abedi was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin.
Three men are arrested in south Manchester, meaning that a total of four people have now been arrested as part of the inquiry into the atrocity.
The move means that further attacks may be imminent.
Greater Manchester Police say the property's search is "ongoing". And while he had "clear ties to Al Qaeda", the official said, he could have also had connections to other groups.
She also complained about US officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the USA media.
"I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again", Rudd said.
A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters after the concert also died, Poland's foreign minister said.
Many had serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery", Rouse said.