Police arrest 14th man in Manchester bombing inquiry

Also on Monday, British police arrested a 23-year-old man on the south coast of England, hundreds of kilometres south of Manchester.

After raiding various addresses in the northwestern English city, police arrested two men aged 25 and 19, bringing the number now detained on United Kingdom soil to 13.

After the horrific attack that claimed the lives of 22 people in Manchester, Ariana Grande has pledged to return for a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims and their families.


Greater Manchester Police said they had also executed search warrants at addresses in the Whalley Range area of Manchester and in Chester overnight.

Investigators say they have a 1,000-strong team working "around the clock" on the probe and have significant details on Abedi's associates and movements, his finances, and how the explosive was built.

Ms Rudd told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "The operation is still at full tilt, in a way".

Another man has been arrested in connection with the Manchester bombing on Monday, according to police, bringing the total number of men held in custody following the attack to 14.

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

In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi's younger brother 20-year-old Hashem and their father, Ramadan, are being held by special forces linked to the country's interior ministry.

The investigation into Abedi, who was known to security agencies and had just returned from Libya before the bombing, has so far led to the detention of 12 people.

Britain on Saturday reduced its terror threat level from critical - its highest level - to severe.

The attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, targeted concertgoers at the end of a show by USA teen pop idol Ariana Grande. The straps of a backpack are visible on his shoulders.

Armed police guard the area during the Great Manchester Run in Manchester, England Sunday, May 28, 2017.

British-born Abedi, 22, blew himself last week at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by United States pop singer Ariana Grande, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.

The government is facing criticism after acknowledging that Abedi was on security services' radar, but wasn't a major focus of scrutiny.

"But I would not rush to conclusions. that they have somehow missed something".

In a statement, police said: "The investigation is making good progress and we know one of the last places Abedi went was a city center flat and from there he left to make his way to the Manchester Arena".

  • Leroy Wright