More arrests in Manchester attack; United Kingdom remains on high alert

Officers investigating the attack said they arrested 13 people in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside - but a woman and a 16-year-old boy were later released without charge.

"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. Another brother and Abedi's father have been detained in Libya.

Daesh is another name for ISIS, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the attack.

Britain's terror threat level was yesterday reduced to "severe" from "critical".

It means that soldiers deployed to bolster security will stand down on Monday night as an attack is no longer considered imminent.

The 19-year-old man was arrested during searches carried out by officers at addresses in the city, according to a police statement.

"The area that I am most concerned about is the internet companies who are continuing to publish the hate publications, the hate material that is contributing to radicalising people in this country".

Abedi, 22, was born in Manchester and his family is of Libyan descent. "We are gathering a detailed picture of Abedi as the investigation develops and now need people to tell us if they have any information about his movements from 18 May when he returned to the United Kingdom through to Monday night".

"Nobody wants terrorists to have a safe place to exchange information and to be able to plot their bad atrocities".

"There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester, as we speak".The operation in the early hours of this morning brings the number of suspects being held in custody to 11.The attack occurred soon after her concert at the Manchester Arena ended Monday night, as the lights went up and thousands of concertgoers filed toward the exits.

The government is facing criticism after acknowledging that Abedi was on security services' radar, but wasn't a major focus of scrutiny. Police are trying to identify who put together the bomb used in the attack.

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, they said her life was "taken away after 18 short years by evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families, for what?"

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.

Eleven people remain in custody after being arrested in connection to the attack.

They said they had gathered details on how his bomb was built, who his associates were, his finances, the places he had been and the wider conspiracy.

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