MI5 to review intelligence handling on Manchester attacker

The Greater Manchester Police are appealing for people who might have seen him carrying the blue suitcase between May 18 and 22.

This is a handout photo taken on Monday, May 22, 2017, from CCTV and issued on Monday, May 29, 2017 by Greater Manchester Police of Salman Abedi in an unknown location of the city centre in Manchester, England.

Anti-terror police raided more homes on Monday as the relentless search for the network behind the suicide bombing continued a week on from the deadly attack.

Investigators say they now know Abedi was in the city as well as Wilmslow, an area south of the city center.

The police said the probe had made "good progress" and they "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".

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "We believe Abedi was in possession of this case in the days before the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May".

"We have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything risky, but would ask people to be cautious", the police said in a statement, stressing that the suitcase was different from the backpack Abedi used in the attack.

A 23-year-old was held in the small seaside town on suspicion of terror offences in the early hours of Monday morning, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Two people who knew Abedi made separate calls to an anti-terrorism hot line to warn the police about his extremist views, British media reported.

The police are searching 14 locations and have 13 arrested in connection with the attack, the statement said.

He returned to Britain from Libya just days before exploding a homemade-bomb packed with metal bolts and screws at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22.

The 22-year-old was spotted hauling the distinctive case in the city centre but the police stressed that it was not believed to have been used in the bombing.

Mr Hopkins also signalled that charges of conspiracy to murder could be brought as a result of the huge investigation into Abedi's suspected network.

MI5 has begun an internal review over how it handled intelligence about the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi amid growing criticism that it failed to deal properly with warnings that he posed a threat.

'Where did you see him with it during that time?'

Abedi's elder brother Ismail reportedly is among the suspects being held in Britain, while his younger brother and father have been detained in Libya.

"I do think it is right that MI5 take a look at their processes to ensure that they work to the best of the possible limits to make sure that we keep people safe", she told BBC. He was not one of the 3,000 people under active investigation.

A total of 116 people had required hospital care in the wake of the massacre, police previously said.

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