Britain ´furious´ over United States leaks on Manchester attack
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 12:30
More details are emerging in the wake of 22 deaths and 64 injuries in MANCHESTER, ENGLAND after an ARIANA GRANDE concert, with more arrests - including members of the bomber's family - being made in two countries.
The location of the bomber's torso, and the apparent absence of fatalities in a line between the blast site and where his remains landed, was said by one explosive disposal technician who examined the images to indicate that the explosive charge was more likely in a backpack than in a vest, and propelled the bomber away from the blast.
"It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins told reporters, with five people now under arrest.
"And as I've said, it continues at a pace. There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak".
Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, and younger brother, Hashem, were taken into custody in Libya on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said his brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with Islamic State and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital.
The NYT leak came just hours after British Home Secretary Amber Rudd expressed her irritation with the USA for releasing information about bomber Salman Abedi.
France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group. "This is not us", the senior Abedi said.
The Manchester explosion was one the deadliest since the 2005 London subway bombings that claimed the lives of 56 people.
Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years. Among the victims identified was an 8-year-old girl, an 18-year-old college student, a Polish couple who were picking up their daughter from the concert and others.
The national terror threat was raised Tuesday to "critical" from "severe" after an evaluation by terrorism specialists.
Friends, family and members of Abedi's mosque all reported the 22-year-old British-born terrorist to anti-terror hotlines as far back as five years ago, but action appeared to have not been taken.
"You have to assume that there was a bomb maker", says The New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi. "Making a bomb of this sort requires a certain level of expertise and competence", a source with knowledge of the British investigation told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.
AP also reports that Ramadan Abedi himself has reported links to terror-related groups.
Police carried out another arrest that evening in Wigan, in western Manchester, where police say they apprehended a "man carrying a package which we are now assessing".
The red-brick terrace house the Abedi family lived in the Whalley Range suburb of Manchester remained cordoned off by police Wednesday as the investigation continued. The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was cancelled so police officers could be re-deployed.