Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fifth Suspect Arrested In Connection With Deadly Manchester Concert Terror Attack


This is the terrifying moment a man is wrestled to the ground by armed police in Wigan in connection with the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

"I think it's very clear this is a network we are investigating", said Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Manchester Police, adding that an off-duty police officer was among those killed in the concert attack.

The source said: "MI5 is managing around 500 active investigations, involving some 3,000 subjects of interest (SOIs) at any one time".

He was carrying a package which police took away for assessment.

Earlier on Wednesday, four people were arrested in Manchester while two arrests were made by local law enforcement in Tripoli, Libya.

A Libyan security spokesman says Abedi's father and one of his brothers have been arrested in Libya.

Abedi's mother, Samia Tabbal, was said to have told them her son left the North African country bound for the United Kingdom four days before detonating his device at Manchester Arena.

A number of people who knew him, and even family members, had reportedly warned authorities he was developing radical views - including, the BBC said, that being a suicide bomber was ok - prompting concerns that signs of the threat he posed were missed. The UK's official terror threat level was raised to critical following the assault.

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Apparent leaks from the investigation, including evidence photographs from the scene of the attack, were said to have caused "distress and upset" to victims' families.

Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents who grew up around Manchester, died in the attack.

Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the same floor, said he thought officers were looking for a woman because they "asked me if I had seen the lady next door".

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who spoke about the matter with U.S. President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defense and security was built on trust.

In addition to those killed, 116 people received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.

While Abedi was born and raised in Manchester, his parents had arrived in the United Kingdom having fled the Gaddafi regime in Libya the early 1990s. The National Health Service said 75 people had been hospitalized.

The French interior minister said Abedi had "most likely" been in Syria, another claim his father dismissed, saying he had checked his son's passport.

Officials said all the dead and wounded had been identified but their names would not be made public for several days until autopsies are completed.

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