Manchester Bomber Known to US Authorities Before Attack
- Author: Jon Douglas May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 2:17
He also confirmed that one of the victims was a police officer and police have spoken to the immediate family of all 22 victims. They also arrested Abedi's older brother and two others.
British police said the suspect they arrested on Wednesday, was carrying a package which was being examined.
But a former Libyan security official alleged that Ramadan Abedi was himself member of a former al-Qaida-backed group in Libya.
After less than a year in Saudi Arabia, Abu Ismail said he fled to the United Kingdom, where he sought political asylum and lived there for 25 years.
"The concern is that there may be others out there who helped him to make the bomb. Making a bomb of this sort requires a certain level of expertise and competence", a source with knowledge of the British investigation told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.
Police used an explosive device to gain entry into flat in Manchester city centre as part of the investigation into the attack.
Interior minister Amber Rudd had described the leaks as "irritating" early on Thursday, after details about bomber Salman Abedi, including his name, first appeared in US media, adding that Britain's allies were perfectly clear that it "shouldn't happen again". Security was stepped up at Tuesday night's National Basketball Association playoff game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio as the hometown Cavs took on the Boston Celtics. The decision comes against the backdrop of increased counter-terror activity in Britain. Britain's interior minister said earlier that he had recently returned from Libya and had likely not acted alone.
"We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester".