United Kingdom arrests 'large part' of Manchester attack network

Elias Hubbard
May 28, 2017

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the level of activity in the probe is "intense" and continuing "at pace".

These are not the kind of words ever really used about Britain's closest ally.

Mr Trump had called the leaks "deeply troubling".

The singer's fans are mostly children and teenagers and the explosion killed 22 people, ranging from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to parents who had come to pick up their children.

One of the men was detained following searches of an address in the Withington area of the city, while another was arrested in a part of Greater Manchester that was not disclosed. The security alert was later lifted.

In other developments on Wednesday detectives made a further three arrests in connection with the investigation, taking the number of people in custody to four.

Salman Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, was also arrested in Libya.

The report said that Abedi did not appear to be on an worldwide terror watch list, which allowed him to travel freely throughout Europe.

The British investigation is now reportedly focusing on who helped Abedi, and on whether the bomb-maker is still at large.

The National says that while Theresa May sent the army on to the streets on Wednesday, Scotland's top cop refused to allow "squaddies" into city centres, insisting his force had "sufficient resources" to deal with the current terror threat level.

There is such anger in Government about United States leaking of information about the Manchester bomb investigation that I understand Theresa May is expected to raise the issue directly with President Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday.

Ms May raised the matter with Mr Trump as they gathered for a group photograph at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Abedi was believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with ISIS, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday on BFM television, adding that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had been to Syria.

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