Raids, arrests as on-edge UK seeks 'network' of attackers
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:07
In the United Kingdom, eight people have now been arrested in connection with the terror attack in Manchester Monday night.
Police in Manchester said they have made a series of "significant" arrests in their investigation into the terror attack at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena concert.
One of the men detainedwas taken away after searches of an address in the Withington area of Manchester on Thursday, while another was arrested in a part of Greater Manchester that was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the bomber's younger brother, Hashem Abedi, had also been detained in Tripoli on suspicion of links with Islamic State. Abedi's father was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s - a claim he denies.
May raised British concerns with Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday, telling him intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure.
Ms Rudd confirmed Abedi had recently returned from a visit to Libya, and said the nature of the attack suggested he may have had support.
A national counter-terrorism policing spokesperson criticized the leak of the forensic pictures, saying that it "undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families". But it wasn't clear US officials were the source of the images, which the Times defended as "neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims" and consistent with basic reporting "on weapons used in horrific crimes".
Abedi targeted music fans at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night, killing 22 people, including seven children, and injuring dozens in the worst terrorist incident to hit Britain since the July 7 attacks in London in 2005. Mohammed Fadl, a community leader, said the Abedi family is well known, but Salman did not attend many gatherings.
"There was a sermon about anti-Daesh (IS) and he stood up and started calling the Imam - 'You are talking bollocks, '" Ramadan said.
"Very few people in the community here were close to him, and therefore Salman's fanaticism wasn't something the community was aware of", he said.
In a final phone call he placed to his mother and brother just before the attack, he purportedly told his mother: "Forgive me", said Ahmed bin Salem, a spokesman for Libya's anti-terrorism unit, the Special Deterrent Force.
The Manchester bombing was also, he suspects, timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the hacking to death of soldier Lee Rigby by two jihadists in London.
Earlier, a minute's silence fell over offices, public squares and in homes as people honoured the victims.
Two years ago, for instance, the Five Eyes agreed to share with France some of their most sensitive intelligence on ISIS in Syria because of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks, a U.S. official told CNN on condition of anonymity at the time. Crowds gathered at well-known sites in the United Kingdom, including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares, and Manchester's Albert Square. The 50-year-old was at the concert with her daughter.
Officials said all of the bombing victims have been identified, but names were being withheld until autopsies were completed.
In addition to those killed in the concert attack, 64 people are being treated for their wounds, Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said Wednesday.