Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Manchester Arena terror attack: 5 men arrested

Manchester Arena terror attack: 5 men arrested

Abedi, who was born in Manchester in 1994 to Libyan parents, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by United States pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers.

Images obtained by The New York Times newspaper showed a detonator that bomber Salman Abedi was said to have carried in his left hand, shrapnel including nuts and screws, and the shredded remains of a blue backpack.

"These searches are connected to Monday's attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage", police said in a statement.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Jomana, Abedi's sister, said she thought her brother was driven to murder because he wanted revenge for "the explosives America drops on children in Syria".

The father of the suspected bomber, identified as Salman Abedi, told the Reuters news agency in the Libyan capital on Wednesday that he had last spoken to his son some five days ago by phone and "everything was normal".

The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was cancelled yesterday so police officers can be re-deployed, Britain's defence ministry said.

A family friend said that the bomber, whose father and two brothers have been arrested in the days after the attack, was also outraged at the death of his friend, which he viewed as a hate crime.

"We are sure our fans will understand this decision", the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.

They said one thread of the investigation involves pursuing whether Abedi could have been part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as "the man in the hat", with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks.

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"We condemn these terrorist acts on civilians, innocent people".

"Manchester Evening News readers have been asking how they can help, so we have started this fund to help support the families in the aftermath of the attack", the description of the campaign on fundraising site JustGiving says.

In Manchester, northwest England, feelings were still raw following Abedi's attack on a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande - especially so as the bomber was born in the city.

British security figures on Wednesday slammed the US intelligence services for allowing the leaking of details of the investigation into Manchester.

Queen Elizabeth II visited the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Children's Hospital, where some of the wounded from Monday's bombing are being treated.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said today that as many as 119 people had been injured in the attack, 64 of whom remain hospitalised, 20 of them critically. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere. "Abedi appears not intelligent enough to have built this bomb himself". Two recent arrests took place in northern Manchester and in the town of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, England, late on Wednesday.

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Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families.

Salman Abedi's acquaintances were stunned to learn that he was the man believed to have carried out a suicide bombing at a concert hall this week, killing 22 people.

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