Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Police arrest 3 more suspects in connection with Manchester terror attack


British-born Abedi, 22, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by USA pop singer Ariana Grande, attended by thousands of children and teenagers. Abedi died in what appears to have been a suicide bombing. They were arrested "after police executed warrants in South Manchester", the Greater Manchester Police department says.

He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a -half ago. The father added: "We don't believe in killing innocents". They said that information had been shared between USA and British intelligence services, but cautioned that a full intelligence analysis was underway to put those details in context.

The officials said that USA and United Kingdom intelligence services, along with the Africa Command, are looking at the possibility Abedi could have met with ISIS members or operatives from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a North African militant organization.

Rudd earlier slammed the United States for leaking several details on the attack investigation as "irritating" and asked them to stop.

France's interior minister Gerard Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that the attacker had been in Syria.

Asked about reports that Abedi had recently returned from Libya, Rudd said she believed that had now been confirmed. "This is not us", the older Abedi said.

Another man - the brother of alleged bomber Salman Abedi - was arrested on Tuesday, bringing the total number of suspects in custody up to five. Images from the raid showed heavily armed officers storming the building.

Up to 3,800 military personnel have been made available across Britain following the attack, Secretary Rudd said, and nearly 1,000 are now deployed.

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

"I would expect this to be temporary but we will keep a close eye to see how long we need them for and when it's appropriate we end Operation Temperer and go back to our different levels", Rudd said.

The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win this season.

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"'We do know that he was known up to a point to the intelligence services", she told Sky News on Wednesday morning.

The British parliament said that it was closing its doors to non-passholders and canceled all its events.

"Today we only know what British investigators have told us - someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya, then probably to Syria, becomes radicalised and decides to carry out this attack", Collomb told BFMTV.

Abedi was was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Muammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011. ISIS issued a claim of responsibility Tuesday, but the level of the terrorist group's involvement isn't known. ISIS routinely claims attacks it has no proven connection to. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

It 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.

"This tactic uses teams of specialist police officers who have been trained to spot the telltale signs that a person may be carrying out hostile reconnaissance or committing other crime". She was not identified.

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, 28-year-old John Atkinson, 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 32-year-old Kelly Brewster are among the first of the 22 victims of the attack to be named.

Her friends and family posted messages appealing for her whereabouts after she disappeared following the Ariana Grande concert.

Michelle Kiss, a wife and mother, is among the dead, her family announced Wednesday. Two Polish parents were also killed while collecting their daughters from the venue, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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