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

UK security threat level lowered as police close on bomber's suspected network

UK security threat level lowered as police close on bomber's suspected network

They are appealing to the public for more information about the bomber and the days leading up to the attack, in which 22 were killed and almost 120 wounded following an Ariana Grande concert. Fourteen locations are still being searched.

Another place searched was an apartment in a Manchester high-rise that British media say was rented by Abedi in the months before the attack.

Explaining the decision to reduce the terror threat level from critical - its highest level - to severe, May said troops would also be withdrawn from the streets, another measure adopted after the bombing.

"Our priorities are to understand the run-up to this awful event and to understand if more people were involved in planning this attack".

Greater Manchester Police said two men, aged 20 and 22, were detained early Saturday on suspicion of terror offenses.

They said that they "need people to tell us if they have any information about his movements" from when he returned to the United Kingdom on 18 May to 22 May, when he carried out the attack.

'We should be clear about what this means: A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely, the country should remain vigilant, ' she said.

Investigators also gave details of the 22-year-old's last hours as they appealed to the public for any information about his movements in the days running up to Monday night's attack.

United Kingdom police say they have 'hands around' some Manchester attack network
They are also hunting for a second explosive device assembled by Abedi that may now be with another member of the network. Britain's home secretary Amber Rudd chaired another Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (Cobra) meeting on Friday.

Police said on Saturday that overnight they had made two further arrests as they closed in on other possible cell members. "There will be more arrests and there will be more searches", he said.

A new video has emerged that appears to show Manchester bomber Salman Abedi outside his home.

While police and politicians have praised communities in Manchester for their reaction to the bombing, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable said there had been a rise in reported hate crimes, from an average of 28 to 56 incidents on Wednesday. Mohammed El-Hudarey, a friend of the landlord, said after Abedi moved out about six weeks ago there was a strong smell of chemicals and debris, including metal rods and cut-up fabric.

Armed police will be on patrol over the holiday weekend with security increased at Saturday's FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium, which kicks off at 1630 GMT. "But I grew up in Ireland, so bombs did go off there and life does go on".

A third of those killed in Monday's bombing were children, and another 116 people were injured.

Grande promised to return to "the incredibly fearless city of Manchester" for a benefit concert to raise money for the bombing victims and their families.

"Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before", the American singer said. We won't let this divide us.

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