Hunt still on for Manchester bombing suspects, British official says

Nick Mcbride
May 29, 2017

The images released on Saturday night show Abedi wearing a baseball hat and a dark jacket during the concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande, Xinhua news agency reported.

(AP Photo/Rui Vieira). Marathon runners smile on their way to start line for the Great Manchester Run in Manchester, England Sunday, May 28, 2017. Mark Rowley, head of Britain's counter-terrorism police, said on Friday that police had captured "a large part of the network" linked to the atrocity in which seven children aged under 18 were among the 22 dead.

Most of the searches and arrests since Monday night's bombing have been in multi-ethnic south Manchester, where Abedi - the son of Libyan parents - was born and raised.

Investigators say they are now gathering a detailed picture of Salman Abedi.

Rudd's statement comes the day after Britain reduced its terror threat to "severe" from "critical" following a meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and security chiefs.

"Until the operation is complete, we can't be entirely sure that it is closed", she said.

After raiding various addresses in the northwestern English city, police arrested two men aged 25 and 19, bringing the number now detained on United Kingdom soil to 13.

Authorities in Libya have detained Abedi's brother and father, while British investigators appealed to the public late Saturday for details of the bomber's movements in the days before the attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State group.

Only the straps of the rucksack - a bag containing tricyclic acetone peroxide, bolts and nails - are visible in the pictures.

More than 1,000 armed police are on standby as major events including the Football Association Cup Final and the Premiership Rugby Final are expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

Police say they think Abedi assembled his bomb at a rented apartment in central Manchester that was raided by officers Wednesday.

Before kickoff, Prince William laid a wreath in memory of the victims alongside Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.

Other members of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's terror network could still be at large, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said as the operation to hunt them continued at "full tilt".

The development came as a vast security operation gets under way to protect hundreds of Spring Bank Holiday events across Britain this weekend.

"We know one of the last places Abedi went was a city center flat and from there he left to make his way to the Manchester Arena", police said.

And in both pictures, the police have blacked out the background, suggesting they wished to protect the identities of people standing next to him at the time.

Abedi was known to United Kingdom security services, but his risk to the public remained "subject to review", according to reports.

"But I would not rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something".

Grande promised to return to "the incredibly fearless city of Manchester" for a benefit concert to raise money for the bombing victims and their families.

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