Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Britain Deploys Troops to Prevent Attacks after Manchester Blast


Based on new intelligence, Britain on Tuesday night raised its worldwide terrorism threat from "severe" to "critical" level - the highest which means that another attack is "imminent" - while the country was slowly coming to terms with Monday's tragedy in Manchester.

She said security services were working to see if a wider group was involved in the attack, which fell less than three weeks before a national election.

Theresa May announced that armed soldiers would be deployed on Britain's streets.

May raised the U.K.'s alert level from "severe" to its highest rating, "critical", and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events; take to the streets; and replace police officers guarding key sites, the Washington Post reports. "This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely, but that a further attack may be imminent".

The suicide bomber who caused carnage at the Manchester Arena was named by police late Tuesday as Salman Abedi.

May said Abedi was born and raised in Britain and a European security official said he was of Libyan descent.

Police had earlier named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.

Witnesses said the blast scattered bolts and other bits of metal, indicating the bomb may have contained shrapnel meant to maximize injuries and deaths.

Police staged an armed raid on a Manchester address believed to be where Abedi lived, carrying out a controlled explosion to gain entry after arresting a 23-year-old man earlier yesterday in connection with the attack.

Police promised extra measures at showpiece events coming up such as Saturday's FA Cup football final. "Manchester!" broke out at a vigil held in the city centre.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, on a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, called the perpetrators "evil losers" and said "this wicked ideology must be obliterated".

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos and teenager Georgina Callander were among the first of the 22 victims to be confirmed. More than 200 people were injured, though no one was killed.

Witnesses reported seeing bodies on the floor after the blast around 10:30pm (2130 GMT) on Monday, and some fans were trampled as panicked crowds tried to flee the venue.

"I'm just hearing nothing-her phone's dead", Charlotte Campbell, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia was at the concert, told BBC radio.

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on subway trains and a bus in 2005.

The attack also elicited painful memories of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, where most of the 130 killed were at the Bataclan concert hall.

In March, a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament.

The Queen receives absurd praise for her "strong words" against the attack, yet she does not cancel today's garden party at Buckingham Palace - for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press.

Manchester was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center.

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