Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Theresa May signs condolences book for victims of Manchester terror

Theresa May signs condolences book for victims of Manchester terror

According to the Guardian newspaper, police raided a house in the neighbourhood where Abedi was believed to have lived, as well as the home of the arrested suspect's brother in south Manchester.

"Our priority, along with the police counter-terrorism network and our security partners, is to continue to establish whether he was acting alone or working as part of a wider network", Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

Singer Ariana Grande's mother, Joan, was reportedly among those who helped young fans to safety following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, UK, that killed 22.

"I do not want the public to feel unduly alarmed", she said.

After the attack, Manchester police deployed hundreds of officers overnight and at one point conducted a precautionary controlled explosion near the arena of an object they later said turned out to not be anything suspicious.

The Islamic State said Tuesday that a "caliphate soldier" was responsible for the attack. Screams filled the arena just after the explosion on Monday, which also killed the attacker - Abedi who was carrying an IED that he detonated.

Her manager Scooter Braun said: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act". "It was literally just a minute after it ended, the lights came on and the bomb went off".

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ISIS earlier Tuesday claimed one of its members carried out the attack, but authorities have yet to link Abedi to any group.

As the picture became clearer on Tuesday after the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in 2005, heart-warming stories of reunions began to emerge. "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but an opportunity for carnage", British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Greater Manchester Police said they arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of links to the attack, while a second man was detained at the city's Arndale shopping centre but was "not now believed to be connected to last night's attacks".

Campaigning for Britain's June 8 election was suspended.

Abdalla Yousef, a spokesman for the Didsbury Mosque in Manchester, said Abedi's father and brother had prayed there but Abedi had worshipped at another mosque.

"I can't really tell anyone else how they should feel but I just feel devastated", she continued.

Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

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