Manchester Bomb Maker Still On The Loose

Andrew Cummings
May 25, 2017

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said Abedi had been known to British security officials, complained Wednesday about US officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the media, saying that could hinder Britain's security services and police.

Police said three suspects were arrested yesterday around Manchester, and Abedi's father told reporters that Abedi's brother Ismail was arrested in the area on Tuesday.

THE Manchester bomber's father and two brothers have been arrested on suspicion of links to Islamic State in relation to Monday night's chilling attack.

Abedi's bomb killed 22 people, one of whom was just eight-years-old, at a concert by United States pop star Ariana Grande.

His father and younger brother, Ramadan and Hashem Abedi, were detained in Libya, authorities there said, after the father reportedly insisted on Abedi's innocence.

Abedi, who was reportedly born in the Libyan parents, is believed to have recently traveled to Libya, according to multiple media outlets that cite USA officials with knowledge of the investigation.

A European security official said "having a US leak when the situation has developed in the nothing new".

The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was canceled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of police resources given the threat level.

Rudd said Abedi was known to the intelligence agencies.

Police also remain skeptical that Abedi could have built the bomb alone because of its sophistication.

Britain on Tuesday raised its threat level from terrorism to "critical" amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack. "Hearing this awful news is both very shocking and upsetting", Ubadah Al-Jabri, a Libyan based in Manchester, told the Libya Herald newspaper.

After flying to Manchester to speak to police chiefs and medics treating some of the child victims, the Prime Minister said: "It is an absolutely barbaric attack that has taken place, to cut off young lives in this way and it is absolutely devastating, and our thoughts and prayers must be with their families and friends at this horrendous tragedy that has taken place". Mr Collomb told French television that both British and French intelligence services had information that Abedi had been in Syria.

Abedi is believed to have died in the powerful blast outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, though he has not yet been formally identified by the coroner, Manchester police said.

The US official said Abedi was identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the scene of the explosion.

British counter-terrorism officials have hit out at their U.S. counterparts for apparently leaking intelligence to the American media in connection with the Manchester attack inquiry.

Police in London said a man with a knife was arrested near Buckingham Palace Wednesday morning, but they stressed that the incident was not terrorism-related. "We aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents". He was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester. Ramadan Abedi said that when he spoke to his son five days ago, he sounded "normal".

They were escorted out of the building as police broke through the door to one of the flats shortly after 12.30pm local time.

The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had travelled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

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