Fresh arrests in Manchester bombing raids, 13 in custody

Armed response police guard the scene at the Great Manchester Run in central Manchester, England Sunday May 28 2017.

The police noted that 14 people have been arrested since a suspected suicide bombing killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

On Sunday, a 25-year-old man was arrested in Manchester on suspicion of terror offenses in the Old Trafford area.

Two people arrested earlier in the week were later released without charge.

Investigators believe 22-year-old Manchester-born suicide bomber Abedi, from a family of Libyan origin, acted as part of a terrorist network and their focus had been on intercepting his wider network.

Abedi died in the blast.

"Until the operation is complete, we can't be entirely sure that it is closed", Rudd said.

British police also apprehended a 19-year-old man during a raid of the former home of the Salman Abedi, the bombing suspect.

United States federal agents had reportedly been monitoring Abedi since past year and had passed on information from Libya. The straps of a backpack are visible on his shoulders.

British officials have confirmed he had recently returned from Libya and the officers said police needed information about his movements from May 18 when he returned to Britain.

She spoke after claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had told MI5 earlier this year that Abedi was part of a north African terror cell based in Manchester looking to launch an attack. In Rome, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in prayer, saying he was "close to the relatives and all those who are weeping for the dead".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned Sunday on BBC that members of the network behind the attack by the deceased Abedi remain "potentially" unaccounted for, but "the operation is still really at full tilt in a way".

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.

Peter Hook, a member of seminal Manchester band New Order, was among the runners and said the tragedy had brought people together.

His city centre flat was one of the last places he went - and where he may have made the final touches to his explosive device - before going to the arena, police have said.

Three people were arrested - and quickly de-arrested - during the afternoon's operation at Quantock Street, Moss Side, leading them to post an outraged sign on their front door.

"The intelligence services are still collecting information about him, but I wouldn't rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something", Rudd said.

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