Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

British police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe


The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network.

British Army soldiers are led by a police officer into Buckingham Palace in central London.

22-year-old son Salman Abedi is alleged to have carried out a suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people and left dozens injured.

One explosive disposal technician who examined the images said they indicated that the explosive charge was more likely in a backpack than in a vest.

Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters it was very clear they were investigating what he called "a network".

Salman Abedi blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert.

Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and possibly Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats.

Government officials said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed to Buckingham Palace, Parliament and other high-profile sites across the country.

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday that the country's terror level was raised to critical, meaning soldiers will be guarding public events at key locations.

Abedi studied business at Salford University but dropped out before completing his degree.

A 23-year-old male was arrested in Manchester hours after the attack and three others were taken into custody in the city Wednesday. It said she died of injuries from the attack and described her as "a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff".

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Collomb went further than the revelations to date from British authorities.

The Chelsea football team said it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win. The company says "he was taken from this world too soon, by forces we will never truly understand". Ramadan also said that Salman had visited Libya a month and a half ago and that he had planned to return to Libya for the holy month of Ramadan.

"We didn't really believe that this could happen", he told Sky News.

He said he fled Tripoli in 1993 after Muammar Gaddafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant, and eventually sought political asylum in Britain. She said he had been known to security forces "up to a point".

It comes at a time when European security officials have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with the US after President Donald Trump discussed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House.

Fragments of the backback that police believe contained the bomb used in the bombing of the Manchester Arena.

"My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family", said Ramadan Abedi, who arrived in the United Kingdom from his native Libya in the 1990s.

The Special Deterrent force said in a statement on its Facebook page that Hashim Abedi had told investigators after his arrest that both he and his brother belonged to the Islamic State group. "I haven't seen police come to his house".

Abedi's father Ramadan Abedi was detained in Tripoli on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had travelled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Muamar Qadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

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