Sunday, 15 December, 2019

Manchester Police Arrest Man, 25, In Bomb Probe

Christy Curtis | 30 May, 2017, 06:31

Armed police mingled with spectators as crowds gathered to watch the runners, including mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

A minute's silence is held to commemorate those who were killed in the suicide bombing at a stadium in Manchester last week.

Police on Sunday issued chilling CCTV stills of the terrorist moments before he blew himself up at Manchester Arena as they appealed for information about his movements in the days before the attack.

They also have published CCTV images of Abedi on the night of the attack, which show him wearing a hat, glasses, and a dark top.

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.

On Monday night, an explosion occurred outside the Manchester Arena at the end of a pop concert, leaving at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured.

Police on Monday arrested a 16th person in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing, the deadliest attack in Britain for 12 years. Police believe Abedi had the wheeled suitcase with him at two locations in Manchester.

Jackson tried to reassure nervous residents of Manchester that the bag does not pose a risk to public safety.

Cheshire Police said moved to reassure the public there is no direct threat to people in the county.

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"We have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything risky, but would ask people to be cautious", Jackson said.

Abedi died in the blast.

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

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. The attack, for which Islamic State (IS formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group has taken credit, is the deadliest in the United Kingdom since the coordinated bombings in London in 2005.

One of the investigations will be primarily focused on identifying serious errors and the other will look at the way MI5 assesses suspects, according to the Guardian.

She said that there would be an investigation into the possible missed alerts on Abedi, after it emerged that the FBI had warned British intelligence services that he was part of a North African terror cell in Manchester. Abedi's elder brother Ismail is among the suspects being held in Britain, and a younger brother and Abedi's father have been detained in Libya.

Whitehall officials have acknowledged the security service was examining what assumptions had been made about the 22-year-old before last Monday's attack.

Abedi reportedly returned from Libya only a few days before the attack which killed 22 people, including seven children under 18, but police are still trying to establish the extent of his wider network.

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