Off-Duty Police Officer Among Dead in UK Blast
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 0:09
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said Abedi had been known to British security officials, complained Wednesday about USA officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the media, saying that could hinder Britain's security services and police.
Twelve of the 22 fatalities have so far been identified as Saffie Roussos, 8; Martyn Hett, 29; Olivia Campbell, 15; Kelly Brewster, 32; John Atkinson, 28; Georgina Callander, 18; Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51; Nell Jones, 14; Angelika Klis, 40; Marcin Klis, 42; Alison Howe, 45; and Lisa Lees, 47. Salman Abedi, who was born and raised in Manchester to Libyan parents, is believed to have been in Libya prior to the attack. Police in Manchester said they executed two warrants on Tuesday as part of the investigation, including a raid involving a controlled detonation. Abedi's younger brother, Hashem, has been detained in Libya for alleged links to the so-called Islamic State.
They said Wednesday the arrests had been made in the south of the city, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched. The building, Granby House, is popular with students and young professionals.
Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the third floor, said he heard an explosion as police stormed an apartment on his floor.
Troops fanned out across London yesterday and authorities reconsidered security plans.
After less than a year in Saudi Arabia, Abu Ismail said he fled to the United Kingdom, where he sought political asylum and lived there for 25 years. She is keen to emphasise that London remains "open for business", but potential tourists looking on from overseas at militaristic images beamed from Britain may draw another conclusion.
The Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament, was also closed to all those without passes, and tours and events there canceled until further notice.
The Chelsea football team said it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win.
Officers have raided a property in Manchester City Centre as part of the investigation into Monday's terror attack, police say.
Four men in total have been arrested in connection with the attack.
"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbour. and I realised there is something wrong here, " he said.
"Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal". It was not clear why police had arrested any of the men.
British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.
The senior Abedi worked as a security officer under dictator Moammar Gadhafi's rule.
But former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s.
Rudd also expressed frustration with the US government, as news of Abedi's identity was first revealed in the United States. Ms Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.
The singer was not injured but said later she was "broken" by the attack.
In addition to the fatalities, another 64 people were wounded, several of whom remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
"I think it's very clear this is a network we are investigating", said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, adding that an off-duty police officer was among those killed in the concert attack.