Manchester attack probe: 10 people in detention

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

In what appears to be another effort to assuage British anger, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will go to London on Friday to meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson "in an expression of UK-US solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester earlier this week", the British Foreign Office announced.

The row comes as British police stepped up their investigation into a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British-born man with Libyan parents who blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue after a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande The singer's fans are mostly children and teenagers and the explosion killed 22 people, ranging from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to parents who had come to pick up their children.

The UK terror threat level remains "critical", meaning another attack could be imminent and additional Army and armed police officers are patrolling major sites, including the transport network, across the UK. So far, 13 people have been arrested in the investigation, with 11 still in custody.

"The public should be clear about what this means. The country should remain vigilant".

Police said they had built up a "detailed picture" of his movements since he returned to British shores on May 18, reportedly from his family's native Libya.

In addition to those killed, 116 people received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.

Security images of the Manchester bomber on the night he committed mass murder have been released by police.

A spokesman said the brother was aware of Abedi's attack plan and both belonged to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

"This is due to the fact that the government of Great Britain has raised the level of the terrorist threat in the country to the maximum possible", it said. "There will be more arrests".

"The arrests we have made are significant, and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation", he said.

"A visible, united, police presence making sure everyone has a good time at tonight's gig", Greater Manchester Police said on Twitter.

"We can't directly link these to the events of Monday night and are continuing to monitor the situation", he said.

For the first time since the attack, politicians resumed campaigning on a national scale for the June 8 vote as an opinion poll found the Conservatives' lead, once as much as 23 percentage points, had shrunk to just five.

Security was tight as 40,000 runners pounded Manchester's streets in the annual half marathon (21.1 km) a day after Prime Minister Theresa May lowered the terror threat level, which was hiked following Monday's carnage.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaking in London, linked Britain's actions overseas to the increased extremist threat at home.

Other reports by VgToday

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