Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt'

UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt'

A week of intense police operations showed no sign of abating as counter-terror officers stormed addresses in Gorton, Rusholme and Moss Side. Eleven other men between the ages of 18 and 44 also were in custody.

When asked how many potential militants the government was anxious about, Rudd said the security services were looking at 500 different potential plots, involving 3,000 people as a "top list", with a further 20,000 beneath that.

Fourteen locations are still being searched in connection with the attack and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences.

The UK's terror threat level had been lowered to "severe" from "critical" yesterday as a result of the arrests, which means an attack is still highly likely if not imminent.

It came hours after the Home Secretary said members of bomber Abedi's terror network could still be at large, despite optimism that further threats had been quashed.

Six days after Salman Abedi killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, authorities have searched several apartments in an investigation that extends to Libya, where his relatives live.

Police have released a photo via CCTV footage of Salman Abedi the night of the bombing. The straps of a backpack are visible on his shoulders.

They have made an appeal to the public for information about the bomber's movements since 18 May, when he returned to the United Kingdom from Libya.

The Manchester Arena suicide bombing left 22 dead, including seven children, and scores of others injured, the worst atrocity to hit Britain since the July 7 attacks in 2005. In addition, Abedi's father and younger brother were detained in Libya.

The Manchester appeal was Francis' second prayer of the day: He also denounced the "act of ferocious violence" against a bus full of Coptic Christians in Egypt that left 29 dead Friday; the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

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Police officers patrol past a newspaper reporting about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people in Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Thousands of runners turned out defiantly for the Great Manchester Run, pounding the streets of the city amid a heightened security operation.

Hundreds of soldiers replaced police at high-profile sites including Buckingham Palace and Parliament, and police armed with submachine guns have been deployed in city centers, transit hubs, tourist areas and at major events.

"I've always had a pride in this city, ever since I was born", he said.

Abedi was known to British security services before the bombing, the government has said, but Rudd declined to comment on exactly what had been known about him.

"I don't want to alarm people but I do want to level with them: This is a hard environment, people are going to want to do damage".

About 3,000 people from the total group are judged to pose a threat and are under investigation or active monitoring in 500 operations being run by police and intelligence services.

"The intelligence services are still collecting information about him, but I wouldn't rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something", Rudd said.

The family of one victim, 18-year-old Georgina Callander, said her life had been cut short by "evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families".

It added: "I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our Government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow".

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