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

United Kingdom police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe


After UK's terror attack on Monday night that left 22 people killed and at least 59 injured, Prime Minister Theresa May on late Tuesday said the threat level was now considered "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent. On Wednesday the Metropolitan Police Service in London said that the public should expect to "see more armed officers" patrolling the streets in response to the elevated terrorist threat levels.

British investigators hunted Wednesday for possible connections between the 22-year-old suicide bomber in this week's Manchester Arena attack and the clandestine Islamic State-affiliated cell that carried out similarly sinister assaults on Paris and Brussels in 2015.

Wednesday's announcement brings to four the number of attack-related arrests to four, following an arrest announced Tuesday. The government Tuesday night raised the threat to "critical", its highest level, following an emergency Cabinet session. British authorities identified Salman Abedi as the bomber who was responsible for Monday's explosion in Manchester which killed more than 20 people.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd today slammed USA leaks on the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack as "irritating" and said she had made it clear to Washington that it "should not happen again".

Libyan security spokesman Ahmed bin Salem told the wire services that Ramadan Abedi was taken into custody Wednesday; no reason was given for his arrest.

An eight-year-old girl has been confirmed dead after a suspected suicide attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters after the concert also died, Poland's foreign minister said.

"This is a network that we are investigating", he said at a news conference. "These are highly traumatic injuries".

The terrorist attack was Britain's second in two months and the country's deadliest since the July 2005 London subway bombing that killed 56 people.

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TRT World's Sarah Morice talks to Furquan Naeem, who went to the same school as Abedi.

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom continued to expand its investigation Wednesday, citing a wider terror network and arresting at least six people in connection with the attack.

"Yes, I believe that has been confirmed".

On Wednesday French Interior minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi had "probably" travelled to Syria and had "proven" links to IS. "He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack".

Following a vigil in solidarity with those affected by the Manchester attack, Mr Parry said: "There is a awful feeling of loneliness and isolation after an event like this, even when the deaths have been numerous".

The father of the alleged Manchester attacker, Ramadan Abedi, denies his son is linked to militants or the suicide bombing and said his son is innocent.

The senior Western official tells NPR that Salman Abedi had returned from a trip to Libya in the past several days.

"King Salman of Saudi Arabia called to offer his condolences and said Saudi Arabia strongly denounces and condemns this brutal terrorist attack which defies all global humanitarian norms".

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