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Authorities arrest at least three more men in Manchester

5/24/17
from The Wall Street Journal:
5/24/17:

Highest terrorist threat level in place in Britain. May says another attack could be imminent.

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Police arrested at least three more men as part of their investigation into the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande pop concert, as authorities said they are pursuing a “network” in connection with the attack. Police and intelligence agencies are piecing together leads to determine who else in the U.K. or abroad may have helped the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, in the deadliest attack in the country since 2005. The arrests in Manchester take the total currently in custody to four. A Western security official identified the first man arrested as Ismail Abedi, 23, the suspect’s brother. Under British law, a person can be taken into custody in a terrorism investigation and held up to 14 days without charges. At an afternoon press conference, Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said it is clear “this is a network we are investigating.” British police have declined to provide many details about the suspect, but a U.S. official has said he was a British citizen of Libyan descent. British officials believe he had recently returned from Libya. U.K. investigators told French authorities that Abedi had probably also traveled to Syria, according to the French interior minister. A leading theory is that the attacker may have received specialist training abroad or that there is a technician in the U.K. who constructed the bomb, the Western official said. “To cause this many fatalities it has to be a viable device of a certain level of sophistication,” the official said, adding that it didn’t seem like something Abedi could have done by himself. Officials were still in the initial phase of the investigation, the person said. Chief Constable Hopkins wouldn’t comment on whether police had found anyone who made the explosive device used in the attack.

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