UK eases terror threat level

The terror threat level in the United Kingdom has been reduced from critical to severe, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Saturday.

She said "significant activity" by the police during the last 24 hours led to the threat being reduced.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from "critical" to "severe" on Saturday, as authorities said they had made major progress in unravelling the plot behind the Manchester concert bombing.

Twenty-two people, including seven children, were killed and scores injured when Abedi launched a suicide attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

At least 22 people were killed on Monday night when a bomb went off at a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England, among them children.

Investigators have uncovered signs the suicide bomber at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester may have made a second explosive device that's still missing, local media reported Friday.

A total of 11 men are still being detained as part of the investigation and are now being questioned by detectives with the Greater Manchester Police.

Trump said in a statement that he has directed the Department of Justice to open an investigation - and that "if appropriate", the person responsible will be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley says police are gaining a greater understanding of the

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "This morning, we have been carrying out searches at an address in the St Helens area of Merseyside".

But Rowley said there were still "gaps in our understanding" of the plot, as investigators probed Abedi's potential links to jihadis in Britain, Europe, Libya and the Middle East. A total of 116 people were treated in hospitals after the attack.

Police also evacuated Boscombe Street in Moss Side as bomb disposal squads were seen arriving on the scene.

The Prime Minister also sanctioned Operation Temperer, allowing the military to be deployed to protect key sites, and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace was among events cancelled. "As a result of the arrest and searches which have taken place we now have many further lines of enquiry [sic]".

Grande posted a letter Friday on Twitter saying she would return to Manchester to perform a concert to raise money for the victims of the bombing and their families.

Security fears were heightened as Britain enjoys a holiday weekend with several high-profile music festivals and sporting events that draw large crowds.

"The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday", she said. "We won't let hate win".

  • Leroy Wright