Manchester bomber may not have acted alone: United Kingdom minister

Candice Alexander
May 25, 2017

He said Salman was planning to head from Saudi Arabia to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with family. Scores more people were hurt, some critically.

"This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent", May said in a televised statement from her Downing Street Office.

The attack on a Manchester pop concert that killed 22 people was "likely" the work of more than one person, British interior minister Amber Rudd said Wednesday. But it's not yet clear why he was on their radar.

The train station, which is adjacent to the arena, was shut down for coming days, authorities said.

Born to a devoutly Islamic Libyan family in Britain's third biggest city, newspapers said he was known to the security services and the Financial Times said he had turned to radical Islam in recent years.

"It is a possibility that we can not ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack", May said in a live address late last night after she chaired a meeting of the government's emergency response Cobra committee. On Wednesday morning, Poland's foreign minister confirmed they were among the dead. Though ISIS claimed in a Telegram that he was a "soldier of the caliphate", officials have not been able to confirm any connection to the terror organization.

Their father, a police officer in Libya, got them to go there and took away their passports.

"When we left, down the stairs there was probably early teenagers lying on the floor covered in blood and blood on the walls where they'd been laid, so it was just horrifying", female concert-goer Alex Grayson told AFP.

Ms Rudd said the British had wanted to control the flow of information to "keep the element of surprise".

The trip raises questions about what he was doing there, whom he met with and whether he received training or support.

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Grande, who was not injured in the blast, tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words".

Investigators were trying to piece together the last movements of Abedi, a Manchester-born man of Libyan descent whose parents had reportedly fled the now fallen regime of Moamer Kadhafi.

May, who faces an election in two-and-a-half weeks, said she and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, agreed to suspend campaigning ahead of the June 8 election.

British police have so far arrested four men in total - three arrested Wednesday and Abedi's brother, who was detained Tuesday.

Ramadan, who had not seen Abedi much in recent years, said he had noticed that he had begun to dress "Islamically", in a long robe, and was growing a beard.

To outsiders Abedi was seen as the quiet one in the family.

And Fawzi Haffar, a trustee of the center, told reporters gathered outside the large, red brick mosque - which welcomes thousands of Muslims every week - that a small number of media reports that claimed the bomber had worked at the site were "not true".

US President Donald Trump, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, said the attack preyed upon children and described those responsible as "evil losers". "It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit".

"It was then that we realized that this was serious.Initially we thought that the sound was all kinds of things but it didn't hit that this was a bomb until we were evacuated and they told us exactly what was going on".

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