Manchester attack: Police make more arrests as investigation widens
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 2:51
The male suspect was arrested at an address in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, following searches connected to the attack, police said. Police said they were assessing a package carried by the man in Wigan.
Abedi, also known as Salman Ramadan Abedi, is believed to have travelled to Manchester from London by train before the attack, Reuters reported. The neighborhood has been home to numerous individuals who have been convicted of terrorism charges or died fighting for terrorist groups overseas.
A man in connection with the Manchester bombing attack has been arrested, according to a police statement released on late Wednesday.
Still, Abedi and his wife took away their son's passport upon his arrival recently in Libya, where both brothers were supposed to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Libyan authorities said, citing testimony by Hashem Abedi.
The 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere, replacing police, who can work on counter-terrorism duties.
Meanwhile, Theresa May has set the UK's terror level to "critical" - meaning thousands of troops will be deployed to Britain's streets.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, counter-terror police carried out a controlled explosion at a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester, although no arrests were reported by police. Neighbor Adam Prince said the raided apartment had been used as an Airbnb.
The father also confirmed to AP that his other son, Ismail, had been arrested.
A French minister said Abedi may have been radicalised in Syria.
"Every father knows his son and his thoughts; my son does not have extremist thoughts", the father said. "In the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all". "He really liked them", said Mohammad Fadi, 25, standing in front of the mosque where the family had worshiped. "I've prayed there Fridays, and that's his message".
France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have also traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with ISIS. But that reassurance is in itself cause for concern, for it is testament to increasingly deep-felt suspicion among the authorities that a bombmaker or larger terror cell remains at large in Britain, and that, while our intelligence and security services are rapidly drawing in the net, the window of opportunity to prevent a second attack may be small.
"The second day at around noon, at 1:00 in the afternoon I saw the news that Salman Abedi was suspected".
"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise", Rudd said.