More Arrests in Manchester; Suspected Bomber Is Innocent, Father Says

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2017

Police have already arrested four men in Manchester as part of the investigation.

"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor. and I realized there is something wrong here", he said.

Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi's brother Ismail is thought to have lived.

British police are hunting for potential accomplices who may have helped Salman Abedi build the bomb which killed himself and 22 people in a crowded concert hall after a performance by United States singer Ariana Grande.

Six additional arrests were made in Britain on Wednesday as the sprawling investigation extended to Libya, where Abedi's father and 18-year-old brother were detained in Tripoli.

France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group.

"They arrested the father, and I think the rest of the family kind of disappeared", Khuri said, adding that he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque. He said Salman, who was in his second year of studying economics, was planning to return to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with the family. She also said Abedi had been known to security services before the bombing. That type of battery can be sold for $20 and is more powerful than those used in suicide vests, according to The New York Times.

Grande was scheduled to perform two concerts at London's O2 Arena during the same week as the attack.

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.

Britain's official terror threat level has also been raised to "critical", the highest level, late on Tuesday.

But with just over two weeks to go until a national election, Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and political parties said they would resume campaigning in the coming days. Hopkins declined to identify the four people in custody. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations.

A soldier and police officer walk past the Houses of Parliament in London on May 24, 2017.

The images are helping police piece together his movements and contacts in the days before the bombing.

This photo from British Law Enforcement shows what the bomber in the Manchester terrorist attack appeared to have used to detonate.

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Police arrested three people in South Manchester and another in Wigan, a town 17 miles to the west of the city on Wednesday, bringing the total number of arrests related to the attack to five.

British police said the suspect they arrested on Wednesday, was carrying a package which was being examined.

At one apartment building in Manchester, heavily armed police swarmed in and a controlled explosion was heard.

Meanwhile, Grande has cancelled all her shows through to June 5.

The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win this season.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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