Father and brother of Manchester bomber detained in Libya

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

"I'll be returning to the incredibly courageous city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their families".

Britain has raised its official terror threat to "critical" - meaning it is likely an attack is imminent - and is trying to uncover a suspected extremist network before it strikes again. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

Friends, family and members of Abedi's mosque all reported the 22-year-old British-born terrorist to anti-terror hotlines as far back as five years ago, but action appeared to have not been taken.

But Ramadan Abedi denied Salman's involvement in Monday night's attack. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C) meet Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins.

"From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was meant to be a safe space for my fans". Dagdoug said a network was involved in planning the attack.

A spokesman for Britain's anti-terror police said in a statement that British investigators relied on trust in security partners around the world.

The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night.

Intelligence officials even knew of his links to a militant Islamist group in Libya and to Isis-linked jihadists in the United Kingdom, but Abedi was still allowed to travel from Libya to Britain several weeks before launching his attack.

"There will be more arrests and there will be more searches", he said.

The suspect was arrested at an address in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, following searches connected to the attack, police said. All are men, aged between 18 and 44.

Today, police in Libya arrested his father and younger brother.

Police disclosed new details about Abedi's' movements, saying he returned to Britain four days before the attack.

Ramadan Abedi said the last time he spoke to Salman was five days ago as he was getting ready for a trip to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, a smaller pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

Meanwhile, the father and brother of the bomber, Salman Abedi, have also been detained in Libya.

CIARAN JENKINS, ITN: This is now a hunt for Salman Abedi's accomplices, armed police and special forces forcing their way into a Central Manchester property earlier.

"We are now carrying out a search at an address at a property in Moss Side in connection with the attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday", the statement published on Twitter read.

"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation", it said.

"We thought he must have been a drug dealer or doing witchcraft", El-Hudarey told the BBC.

There was increased security at Wembley for the FA Cup Final, Hampden Park for the Scottish Cup Final and Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.

Before kickoff, Prince William laid a wreath in memory of the victims alongside Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. The stadium held a minute of silence for the bombing victims.

Meanwhile, the family of student Georgina Callander, from Lancashire, have said she was "as attractive on the inside as she was on the outside, with a smile that was never ending".

Bethany Keeling was near the exit when the bomb went off.

"We will be thinking about all the people who died and were injured", she said.

The head of Britain's domestic intelligence agency MI5, Andrew Parker, cancelled his attendance at an global anti-terrorism meeting in Germany this week as intelligence forces work round the clock on the Manchester attack probe.

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