CCTV shows bomber on night of attack
- Author: Leroy Wright May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 17:49
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn risked being assailed for politicizing the Manchester Arena attack that killed 22 people by claiming that his party would change Britain's foreign policy if it takes power after the June 8 vote by abandoning the "war on terror".
Britain's terror threat level has been reduced to "severe" from "critical" which was issued following the Manchester arena terror attack, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said after meeting with security chiefs. "A threat level of "severe" means an attack is highly likely - the country should remain vigilant", May said.
"We have protected counter-terrorism police funding, we've increased the funding for our security and intelligence agencies and we continue to provide them with the support they need", May said.
One search was at an apartment in a Manchester high-rise that British media say was rented by Abedi in the months before the attack.
Security remained high at major events across Britain on Sunday, including the Great Manchester Run road race, where police armed with submachine guns protected participants and spectators.
He says police want the approach to be "unpredictable" and to make London "as hostile an environment as possible to terrorists".
"There can never, ever, be an excuse for terrorism", she said, adding "the choice people face at the general election has become starker".
The other nine men, aged between 18 and 44, were being questioned over their involvement in the attack and are expected to be charged soon.
On Friday evening, a defiant Manchester is set to go ahead with hosting an athletics contest, the Great City Games, in which the likes of former world 100 metres champion Kim Collins are due to compete amid robust security.
Investigators also gave details of the 22-year-old's last hours as they appealed to the public for any information about his movements in the days running up to Monday night's attack.
Following a minute's silence in the city's St Ann's Square on Thursday, crowds broke into a spontaneous rendition of Don't Look Back in Anger by the city's own Britpop band Oasis.
Libyan officials said he and his brother Hashem belonged to the Islamic State group, while their father Ramadan once belonged to a now-disbanded militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda.
Ariana Grande has revealed on Friday this week that she will return to Manchester following awful terror attack to spend time with her fans and to host a benefit concert.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain's top counterterrorism police officer, said authorities have dismantled a "large part" of the network around bomber Salman Abedi.
Police have 11 suspects in custody and have searched properties across the northwest England city.
"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. Rudd said Britain was making good progress with internet firms on this but more could be done. A total of 116 people were treated in hospitals after the attack.
These can't be directly linked to Monday's bombing, Hopkins said, but police are monitoring the situation.