Police make two more arrests after Manchester bombing
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 17:52
The U.K. prime minister will fly into Brussels Thursday for her first summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders amid rising tensions at home over leaking of operational intelligence from the police investigation into the suicide bomb attack in Manchester on Monday.
The row forms an uncomfortable backdrop for May amid heightened security in the United Kingdom following the worst terrorist attack on British soil in over a decade in which 22 people, including young children, were killed at a pop concert. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere, replacing police, who can work on counter-terrorism duties. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more.
In response to the leaks, the National Counter Terrorism Policing office issued a stern statement saying, "We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world. There's a network - a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists", said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
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.
As the probe into the possible network continues, the father and brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi were arrested in Libya. A younger brother, 18-year-old Hashim, was also arrested in Tripoli on Tuesday night, a Libyan government spokesperson told the Associated Press.
Ramadan Abedi says he spoke to his 22-year-old son, Salman Abedi, five days ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia and sounded "normal".
British authorities identified Abedi as the bomber responsible for the attack in Manchester on Monday.
"Wherever he got that, he didn't get it from this mosque", he said.
In a news conference, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said that four other people had been arrested in connection with the attack at Manchester Arena.
Omar Alfakhuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m.by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, February 6, 2017.
A total of 64 people are being treated in hospital, including 20 in critical care, medical officials said.