United Kingdom terror threat level raised to `critical´ following Manchester Arena atrocity

Allan Goodman
May 25, 2017

The new arrests came as the injured toll doubled from 59 to 119.

Police raided houses in the northern English city and arrested a 23-year-old man after Monday evening's attack, the deadliest in Britain for 12 years.

After the attack, Manchester police deployed hundreds of officers overnight and at one point conducted a precautionary controlled explosion near the arena of an object they later said turned out to not be anything suspicious.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: "It's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating".

He also confirmed an off-duty police officer was among the 22 killed.

His remarks go a step further than previous statements, in which officials said they were trying to learn whether the attacker had the support of a larger group.

The bomber, Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen who grew up around Manchester, died in the attack.

The suspect, Manchester-born Abedi, went to school locally and then studied business management at Salford University, before dropping out from the course.

The senior Western official tells NPR that Salman Abedi had only returned from a trip to Libya in the past several days.

"Salman showed me the face of hate after my speech on ISIS", the iman told the publication.

North Korea has joined scores of other countries in sending condolences to Britain over the Manchester terror attack, state media said Wednesday.

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Pop star Ariana Grande has many young fans, and numerous concertgoers at Manchester Arena were children or teenagers. US security officials said Abedi also had a sister named Jomana.

Queen Elizabeth II condemned the Manchester attack as an "act of barbarity" and observed a minute's silence at a Buckingham Palace garden reception.

Police have now identified all 22 victims of the attack, with the victims including an eight-year-old girl and an off-duty female police officer.

Asked if he believed Abedi had the support of a network, Collomb said: "That is not known yet, but perhaps".

Families were separated, with dozens of young people taken to nearby hotels overnight, and some parents were still desperately searching for their children on Tuesday. "The children are safe".

"When he passed by me, we Muslims greet each other and you know he is not happy with me if he doesn't greet you".

Ballons and flowers are seen in Albert Square in central Manchester.

"Critical" is the highest of five levels and has only been briefly reached twice before and "means an attack is expected imminently". "That is why the terrorists will never win and we will prevail".

Speaking at Number 10, Mrs May said: "The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain is far mightier than the sick plots of depraved terrorists".

"Although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England", May said outside the prime minister's residence in London, before heading to Manchester.

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