Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

UK police search property in Manchester attack investigation


Manchester bomber Salman Abedi had a "relatively minor" criminal record as a teenager but he was not known to police for holding extremist views.

(AP Photo/Rui Vieira). People wait for the start of the Great Manchester Run in central Manchester, England Sunday May 28 2017. The station closed was closed following the explosion last week a the adjacent Manchester Arena that killed more than 20 people.

The Mail on Sunday also cited a source saying U.S. federal agents had been investigating Abedi since the middle of 2016 and had flagged up concerns to MI5.

British extremist Salman Abedi detonated a powerful bomb in a suicide attack at a concert by USA singer Ariane Grande. Police believe Abedi had the wheeled suitcase with him at two locations in Manchester.

The new raids were carried out at a house in Manchester, along with searches carried out in Chester and Shoreham-by-Sea, on the south coast of England.

The bombing, at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, was Britain's deadliest since 2005.

The public are being asked to contact the police immediately if they see the piece of luggage, which officers have no reason to believe contains anything unsafe but are asking people to be cautious. "The public should not approach the case if they see it but should contact police immediately on 999".

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Police vehicles and a police officer are seen outside the Manchester Arena, where USA singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester, northern England, May 22, 2017.

On Monday, police made a 16th arrest as part of the case and were undertaking searches at a location in Manchester and a second address north of the city. Did you see him? All are being held on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act.

The urgent inquiries will focus on whether the agency responsible for domestic security missed the dangers posed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi who detonated an explosive device a week ago, killing 22 people and injuring another 116.

Officials also said extra police staffing that had been added to protect public gatherings over the holiday weekend would be reduced.

Abedi could be seen wearing jeans and trainers, a black bodywarmer and a baseball cap, with the straps of the backpack believed to contain the bomb visible on his shoulders.

Amid concerns that Abedi did not operate alone but as part of a wider terrorist cell that was still at large, the national terrorism threat was raised from "severe" to "critical", the highest level possible, implying that an attack is imminent.

His father and younger brother, Hashem, have been taken into custody by Libyan authorities.

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