Police Investigate “Network” in Manchester Attack


Time: 9:32 p.m. CEST

British police had taken at least five people into custody in connection with the attack after the concert of singer Ariana Grande in Manchester. Raids continued on Wednesday in Britain, the Washington Post publishes, including the area close to the concert hall, where Salman Abedi detonated the explosive west. Police detained Abedi’s older brother, Ismail. Reuters news agency reported that authorities in Libya arrested Abedi’s younger brother Hashem.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins explained they are “investigating a network.” Another person was arrested in Wigan, 20 miles west of Manchester. Security services were focusing on Abedi’s visit to Libya, according to the Britain’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, said to the broadcaster BFMTV that “Abedi may have also gone to Syria and had ‘proven’ links with the Islamic State.

In a statement by telephone from Tripoli, Libya to the Associated Press, Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi explained his son sounded “normal,” five days ago when they last spoke. Elder Abedi said they don’t believe in killing innocents. “This is not us,” he said to AP.

Abedi who detonated the explosive after the concert killing 22 and injuring more than 50 people, was reported as a college dropout, recently radicalized, the Post publishes. He probably had a little role in creating the explosive, BBC reported.

In Manchester attack the youngest victim was only 8-year-old. An off-duty police officer died in the attack. After the attack, Britain’s Prime minister Theresa May announced rising of the threat level from “severe” to “critical.” Army officers patrol under police command in cities across the U.K. together with police officers.

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