Bomber's brother 'knew of terror plans'

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2017

Police are investigating "a network" linked to the man who carried out the attack on Manchester Arena, police said Wednesday.

U.S. broadcasters, drawing on USA sources, named the suspected killer as Salman Abedi hours before Manchester police revealed his identity.

Meanwhile, eight of the 22 victims of the attack are known to be eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, Lisa Lees, 50- year-old Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 29-year-old Martyn Hett, 15- year-old Olivia Campbell, 32-year-old Kelly Brewster, 28- year-old John Atkinson, and 18-year-old Georgina Callander.

Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street residence and at London police headquarters at New Scotland Yard.

British police have so far arrested four men in total. The sixth arrest was of a female suspect.

He said another of his sons, Ismail, was arrested in England on Tuesday morning.

Hours later, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed that it was, in fact, "a network we are investigating".

"When arrested, the man was carrying a package which we are now assessing".

The heartless killer's younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested in the Libyan capital of Tripoli last night, while father Ramadam has also been detained today.

A former classmate of Abedi's told the BBC that he was a "very jokey lad" but also "very short tempered" and would get angry at "the littlest thing".

"If that's something that we did, I think that's a real problem", he said. "There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak".

Britain raised its threat level from terrorism to "critical" after an emergency government meeting late Tuesday amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack.

Unlike other recent terror attacks in Europe, in which forged identification has been used to throw off investigators, Abedi's own ID was said to have been located near the scene of Monday's bombing, which killed 22 and is the deadliest in Britain since the 2005 transit attacks that left 52 dead. It said she died of wounds from the attack and described her as "a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff".

It is the first time the threat level has been raised to the critical level in the United Kingdom since 2007, after the deadly attack on London's Underground train network and buses.

Abedi attended Burnage Boys' School in south Manchester from 2009 to 2011, the school confirmed. Police raided homes believed to be connected with the investigation. He was taller with a beard and glasses and he was wearing a traditional Khameez, ' the friend said.

It appears Abedi might have also travelled to Syria, though it's not clear whether the visits were part of the same trip, according to a top French official, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility, and Rudd suggested Abedi did not work alone.

Officials said 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries.

Both the Conservatives and Labour had suspended campaigning for the June 8 general election immediately after the attack but will resume again on Friday, officials said.

Al Jazeera's Phillips, reporting from Manchester on Wednesday, said there is anger in the city over the attacks.

"What is more of a danger is division and communities turning against each other".

'I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected, ' he added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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