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

'Key players' among 11 held in Manchester attack investigation

'Key players' among 11 held in Manchester attack investigation

Prime Minister Theresa May downgraded the terror threat in Britain from "critical" to "severe" on Saturday morning, but said troops will remain deployed on the streets until Monday.

Police said they are gathering a detailed picture of Abedi as the investigation develops and now need people to tell the police if they have any information about his movements from May 18 when he returned to Britain through to Monday night.

The terrorism threat level remains at critical and armed officers have been seen patrolling public transport and beaches in some parts of the country.

A former police chief also called for the reintroduction of internment camps where those suspected capable of carrying out extremist attacks could be detained.

"Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home", he said as national campaigning resumed after a hiatus to honor the victims in the arena blast.

"We are getting a greater understanding of the preparation of the bomb", Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said.

Rudd said Britain was making good progress with internet firms on this but more could be done.

The statement did not say where Abedi had come from, but a relative in Libya earlier told AFP that the bomber had travelled from the North African country to Manchester.

The men, 20 and 22, are being held on suspicion of terror offences and were arrested after police carried our a controlled explosion to gain entry to a property in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.

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Along with the 11 suspects in United Kingdom custody, police in Libya have detained Abedi's father and brother.

London police say extra security is being added for major sporting events this weekend including the FA Cup soccer final at Wembley Stadium.

The following investigation involved around 1,000 officers, as a huge operation was launched to suppress any further terror threats posed by Abedi's potential network.

Police on Saturday also evacuated an area around a property in the Moss Side neighborhood of Manchester.

Figen Murray said in an interview Friday that the 22-year-old British man named as the bombing suspect doesn't deserve her energy. Others were parents waiting to pick up their children from what was for many their first concert.

Grande, meanwhile, said that she would return to Manchester for a benefit concert to raise money for the victims and their families. Investigators gave details of Abedi's last hours as they released photographs from security cameras showing the black-clad suicide bomber wearing jeans and trainers, a black bodywarmer and baseball cap, the straps of his backpack visible on his shoulders.

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Reports of hate crimes have spiked, from 28 - a typical number - on Monday to 56 on Wednesday, police said.

"We can't directly link these to the events of Monday night and are continuing to monitor the situation", he said.

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