Armed counterterrorism force detain Manchester bomber's dad during media interview

May 30, 2017, 05:34
Armed counterterrorism force detain Manchester bomber's dad during media interview

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise United Kingdom concerns when she meets US President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

"This is a very fast moving investigation involving our security services tracking down as rapidly as possible who the accomplices to this terrorist were, as it's unlikely he did this all on his own, and establishing very quickly whether he's part of a network and indeed if further attacks are planned".

Once the shock of the attack has subsided, May will also face questions about the intelligence failings that allowed bomber Salman Abedi, who was known to authorities, to carry out a deadly attack.

Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, was arrested in Tripoli with his brother Hashim, who Libyan security forces said was "aware of all the details" of the attack.

The BBC reported that Greater Manchester Police, the regional force overseeing the investigation, is "furious" with the Americans.

The month before, MI5 was criticized for not keeping track of a former detainee at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay who blew himself up at a military base in Iraq.

"Leaking information it's something on the level of intelligence services it's not done".

British officials were infuriated on Wednesday when the New York Times published forensic photographs of sophisticated bomb parts that United Kingdom authorities fear could complicate the expanding investigation into the lethal blast in which six further arrests have been made in the United Kingdom and two more in Libya.

- Police arrest three more men in South Manchester aged 18, 21 and 24, a short walk from the house where Abedi lived. "We have strict guidelines on how and in what ways we cover sensitive stories".

In her first substantive comments since Monday's attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, Grande hailed the compassionate spirit of her fans and vowed not to give in to divisions.

"When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

"This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorised disclosures will occur", a counter-terrorism source told Reuters. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more.

But the public "should remain vigilant", May said during a brief televised address after a meeting of the government's COBRA crisis committee.

Earlier on Thursday, at 11am, many across Britain fell silent and bowed their heads for a minute in tribute to the victims caught up in Monday night's concert bombing.

In one of the more touching moments, a crowd in Manchester then joined a woman singing the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger".

Links have also emerged between Abedi and a Manchester terror cell, according to counter-terrorism sources cited by Sky News television.

Numerous victims were children and teenagers - with the youngest of the dead revealed to be just eight-years-old.

In addition to those killed, 116 people received medical treatment at Manchester hospitals for wounds from the blast.

Around the United Kingdom, many fell silent Thursday for a late-morning minute in tribute to the victims. "Words can not express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack".

The Manchester bombing raised concern across Europe.

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