United Kingdom deploys 1000 soldiers to protect key sites after bombing

Candice Alexander
May 25, 2017

The 23-year-old pop singer, who said she was left emotionally "broken" by the explosion that killed 22 people at her Manchester Arena show, is reported to have flown home to Florida.

She said: "The security services will know a lot of people, it doesn't mean that they are expected to arrest everybody they know, but it is somebody who they had known before and I am sure when this investigation concludes, we'll be able to find out more". Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya as they worked to piece together his allegiances and foil any new potential threats.

The raid came as a 23-year-old man was arrested at an addres in nearby Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, where Abedi is also understood to have lived.

The Ministry of Defence said the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was cancelled to redeploy police officers.

The Palace of Westminster, home to the United Kingdom parliament was closed Wednesday, while the Chelsea soccer team canceled its victory parade in London celebrating its Premier League title in wake of the attack. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

Alan Kinsey, who lives opposite the home on Elsmore Road, told how more than 20 officers wearing specialist firearms uniforms with helmets and goggles carried out an explosion then raided the house, sending in dogs to search the property.

Mr Kinsey said an Asian man in his mid 20s, who wore mainly Islamic clothes, appeared to have been living in the house alone for the past year but had lots of visitors.

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.

Police are now probing whether Abedi, who is believed to have been known to Mi5, acted alone or as part of a larger extremist network to carry out the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the London bombings of 2005.

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He also noted new partnerships forming in the Middle East among previous enemies in order to fight the common threat of terrorism. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday, "The wall is part of Jerusalem" - an undeniable fact accepted by all sides.

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It was also noted that Trump's meeting ran for thirty minutes, almost a half hour less than Barack Obama had with him. She and Ivanka covered their heads in a sign of papal respect, a gesture they did not partake in Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday's announcement brings the total number of attack-related arrests to four, following an arrest announced Tuesday.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said British investigators had told French authorities Abedi had probably travelled to Syria as well.

Pressed on how he knew Abedi had been to Syria, Collomb said this was the information that French and British intelligence services had. She stopped short of suggesting the U.S. leaks compromised the investigation.

Rudd also scolded USA officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were prepared to go public.

She would not go so far as to say the leaks compromised the investigation.

Sixty-four people are still hospitalized, Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said Wednesday.

Twenty people are in critical condition in hospital and 64 injured overall.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

Soldiers will be deployed to protect events including the FA Cup final and key locations including Westminster, Downing Street and some embassies.

Other reports by VgToday

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