Manchester attack: United Kingdom threat level raised to highest
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 5:28
Former Salford University student Salman Abedi - understood to be a 22-year-old born in Manchester to parents of Libyan descent - is thought to have blown himself up in the arena's foyer shortly after 22:30 BST on Monday, as fans were beginning to leave a concert by United States singer Ariana Grande.
Salman Abedi, who was 22 when he died in Monday's attack, was reportedly born in the U.K.to Libyan parents who had fled the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. The BBC reported that Abedi was believed to be a bomb-carrying "mule" who had help in carrying out the attack.
Greater Manchester Police also confirmed that three men have been arrested in south Manchester in connection with the concert bomb attack.
Emma Johnson, who was waiting for her children, aged 15 and 17, said: "The whole building shook".
Asked if the U.S. authorities had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far".
Police officers pass flowers laid by a cordon, close to Manchester Arena and Victoria Station in Manchester, northwest England on May 24, 2017, following the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it "seems likely" Abedi did not act alone, and three arrests have been made in southern Manchester. "In any case, links with Daesh (Islamic State) are proven".
The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.
The most recent arrest came in the evening in Wigan, where police say they apprehended a "man carrying a package which we are now assessing".
British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting on Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.
On Tuesday evening (May 23), The British government, wary of additional possible attacks, raised the national terror threat level to "critical". He did not provide details, and said it's unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.
The Washington Post reported last week that President Donald Trump had shared with Russian Federation sensitive information from a US intelligence partner about an Islamic State plot. It plans to unveil its policy pledges on Thursday.
"It is irritating when [information] gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again", Rudd said of the leaks from the USA intelligence community. "I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again".
A total of four people have now been arrested as part of the inquiry into the atrocity.