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- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 6:15
The Manchester suicide bomber has been named by police as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
"All acts of terrorism are cowardly", May said in a statement outside her Downing Street office after a meeting with British security and intelligence chiefs.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd says Abedi was known to the intelligence services "up to a point".
Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Kadaffi was overthrown and killed in 2011.
The world is on high alert after Britain raised its terror threat level to the highest setting, critical, following the attack which left at least 22 people dead and more than 59 injured.
Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin, according to USA sources citing British contacts. Neighbours recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much.
Amid questions about whether there are enough armed officers to deal with incidents outside London, Rudd said she believed the police and security services have the right legislation and resources in place to tackle the threat facing the UK.
He is registered as having lived with his mother, Samia Tabbal, father Ramadan Abedi and brother Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993.
"Today we only know what British investigators have told us - someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya, then probably to Syria, becomes radicalised and decides to carry out this attack", Collomb told BFMTV.
A total of four people have now been arrested as part of the inquiry into the atrocity. Following the attack, supporters of the Islamic State group (ISIS) posted celebratory messages on social media and encouraged more "lone wolf" attacks. Meanwhile, eight of the 22 victims of the attack are known to be eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, Lisa Lees, 50- year-old Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 29-year-old Martyn Hett, 15- year-old Olivia Campbell, 32-year-old Kelly Brewster, 28- year-old John Atkinson, and 18-year-old Georgina Callander.
United Kingdom home secretary Amber Rudd said that Abedi was known to security services "up to a point" and it is believed that intelligence agencies had dug into his connections with al- Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS) in his parents' homeland of Libya.
She also complained about USA officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press. Armed police walking patrols have been added, she said. Police and intelligence agencies are trying to determine if he was part of a network that may be planning further attacks in the coming days.
"There is damage to major organs, major injuries in terms of limbs and some of these individuals are going to need very long term care and support". They will replace armed police as Operation Temperer takes effect Wednesday.