More arrests over Manchester bombing as United Kingdom raises terror alert

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi "likely" had accomplices and she criticized the US government for leaking information about his identity.

British police have so far arrested four men in total.

The counter-terrorism force detained the father, Ramadan Abedi, outside his home in the Tripoli suburb of Ayn Zara on Wednesday afternoon.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.

More arrests over Manchester bombing as United Kingdom raises terror alert

Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips, reporting from Manchester, said it was a sophisticated attack - the first successful bomb in the United Kingdom for 12 years - and that, as Abedi had only recently returned from Libya, it was unlikely he would have had time to make the bomb himself.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Monday night's suicide bombing in a generic statement posted online. The government said almost 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.

A deadly explosion occurred Monday at Manchester Arena as concertgoers were leaving Ariana Grande's show.

Collomb, who spoke with May after the attack, said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain's pending exit from the 28-nation European Union.

Ahmed is now serving a nine-year prison sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl in a hotel room alongside a group of attackers.

She also chatted and shook hands with hospital staff, and told the father of another injured teenager at the hospital: "It's not something you expect at all". The National Health Service says 75 people have been admitted to eight hospitals, "including 23 patients now receiving critical care".

The University of Salford near Manchester has said in a statement that Abedi had been one of its students - although he reportedly dropped out in recent years - and that it was helping police with their investigation. It was not clear why police had arrested any of the men.

Multiple U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials told NBC News that the Manchester bomber was known to the U.S. intelligence community before the attack.

Salman Abedi, 22, was born in Britain to Libyan parents. Authorities fear Abedi wasn't working alone. It says he previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015.

A Libyan neighbor says the elder Abedi returned again to Libya in 2011 after Gadhafi's government fell. Abedi was apprehended by police in Tripoli. This affects scheduled shows Thursday and Friday at The O2 in London "as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland".

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