Another arrest over Manchester bombing

Ivan Schwartz
May 31, 2017

Media reported that MI5 was alerted at least three times to the "extremist views" of Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old who grew up in Manchester in a family of immigrants from Libya.

Police have appealed for help in finding a blue suitcase carried by Salman Abedi.

Greater Manchester Police said they had also executed search warrants at addresses in the Whalley Range area of Manchester and in Chester overnight.

He added: "Much of the investigation has been painstakingly working through Salman Abedi's last movements".

In addition, police raided a property in a southern Manchester suburb as they step up their investigation into last week's bombing that killed 22 people.

"The release of some people can be expected in investigations of this nature as we corroborate accounts that have been provided", said Russ Jackson, head of the northwest counterterrorism unit.

Jackson tried to reassure nervous residents of Manchester that the bag does not pose a risk to public safety.

Anyone who may have any information on Abedi's whereabouts prior to the attack should contact the United Kingdom police via this web address.

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'We have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything unsafe, but would ask people to be cautious'.

"We are especially keen to find out why he kept going back to the Wilmslow Road area and we need to find the blue suitcase which he used during these trips", he said.

MI5 are looking at decisions taken in the case of Abedi, who used to be on a terror watch list but was no longer on it at the time of the attack, and whether warnings about his behaviour were ignored amid mounting criticism of the security services.

Authorities on Monday also released a new image of Abedi wheeling around a blue suitcase in Manchester that was gleaned from security video sometime in the days prior to the attack.

The arrest means 14 men are now in custody for suspected roles in Britain's worst attack in a decade. He was arrested hundreds of kilometres south of Manchester "on suspicion on offences contrary to the terrorism act".

Rudd says members of Abedi's circle could still be at large, despite a wave of arrests leading to the country's terror threat level being de-escalated.

When he was 16 years old, Abedi reportedly travelled during school holidays to fight with his father against the Qaddafi regime in Libya.

Prime Minister Theresa May said developments in the investigation into the bombing meant that intelligence experts had chose to lower the threat level from its highest rating "critical", meaning an attack could be imminent, to "severe". But it still remains at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

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