Manchester Arena Attack: UK Police Make 7th Arrest in Terror Probe

Ruben Ruiz
June 2, 2017

Police made arrests in the United Kingdom and Libya as the investigation into a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester concert venue packed with children focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the National Counter Terrorism Policing underscored the importance of the trust between US and British law enforcement officials and said "when that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

Hashim Ramadan Abedi, brother of bomber Salman Abedi, appears inside the Tripoli-based Special Deterrent anti-terrorism force unit after his arrest on Tuesday for alleged links to the Islamic State extremist group.

CNN has not been able to independently verify the details from the militia, which also claimed the younger Abedi admitted knowledge about the Manchester attack and was in Britain for its planning.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi spent his final moments before his attack in a rental apartment in the centre of Manchester. The arrest was made following searches at an address in the town of Nuneaton in central England, and is the first outside the Manchester area. The agency manages about 500 active investigations at any given time, the source added. Also, far more people were injured in the blast than originally reported.

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As of Thursday, the identity of the officials who leaked the information remains unknown but at a press conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would continue to share intelligence despite the leaks.

The bomber in the Manchester terrorist attack appeared to have carried a powerful explosive in a lightweight metal container concealed either within a black vest or a blue Karrimor backpack, and may have held a small switch in his left hand, according to preliminary information gathered by British authorities. "We have been following him for more than one month and a half", Bin Salem said.

British authorities, angered over the leaks, are no longer sharing intel with the USA, the BBC reported Thursday.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham sounded the alarm over the leaks a day earlier, telling BBC Newsnight it "worries me greatly".

At least 23 people remain critically injured following the blast, and 116 people received treatment at Manchester hospitals for their injuries. "My heart, prayers, and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones".

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