United Kingdom police seek information about Manchester attacker's suitcase

Claudine Rigal
Mai 29, 2017

The arrest means that 14 men are now in custody in Britain for suspected roles in the May 22 bombing of an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people and wounded almost 120 others.

Six days after Salman Abedi killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, authorities have searched several apartments in an investigation that extends to Libya, where his relatives live.

Investigators say they have dismantled a large part of Abedi's network, but expect to make more arrests.

- Another man, 22, is arrested in the town of Nuneaton in central England, widening the British police probe beyond areas in and around Manchester.

The bomber was identified as Salman Abedi, 22, who was born in Britain and was of Libyan descent.

Police have arrested 14 people since the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, two of whom were released without being charged.

Rudd said Britain was making good progress with internet companies on this but that more could be done.

On Sunday, police released photographs from security cameras showing Abedi on the night of the massacre, wearing jeans and trainers, a black body warmer and a baseball cap, with the straps of his backpack visible on his shoulders.

The home secretary also said they could get internet companies "to be more successful in working with us to find a way of getting some of that information". While his younger brother, Hashem, was arrested on suspicion of ties to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and plotting an attack in Tripoli, Salman's older brother Ismail is among those detained in the UK. British media indicated that the man is highly likely to be Abedi's older brother Ismael.

Ms Rudd said "potentially" other members of Abedi's group could still be free and "we can't be entirely sure that it is closed".

British officials have confirmed he had recently returned from Libya and the officers said that police needed information about his movements since his return to Britain on May 18.

Explaining the decision to reduce the terror threat level from critical - its highest level - to severe, May said troops would also be withdrawn from the streets, another measure adopted after the bombing.

"This is a review that would seek to answer whether there are lessons to be learned from how the Security Service handled the intelligence on Abedi". Carl Austin-Behan, former Lord Mayor of Manchester, said the huge turnout indicated the city was not going to be intimidated by the bombing.

Rudd said Sunday that intelligence agencies were monitoring 3,000 suspected extremists and had a wider pool of 20,000 people of interest.

"But I would not rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something".

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