How the global media covered the Manchester Arena blast
The head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5, Andrew Parker, cancelled his attendance at an worldwide anti-terrorism meeting in Germany this week as intelligence forces work round the clock on the Manchester attack investigation.The Palace of Westminster, which houses the UK Parliament, has been closed to the public for regular tours following police advice, and will not re-open until further notice, a statement on its website said.
Rudd called the bombing, “More sophisticated than some of the attacks we’ve seen before”, and added, “It seems possible, that he wasn’t doing this on his own, so the intelligence services and police are pursuing their leads in order to make sure they get all the information”. “The intelligence services know a lot of people, and I’m sure we will find out more what level they knew about him in due course, but at the moment all they have confirmed is that they did know about him”, she said.
Meanwhile up to 10 victims have been identified so far by the British authorities.
Two Polish parents were also killed while collecting their daughters from the venue, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. The arrests come after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to “critical”, the highest setting.
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United Kingdom home secretary Amber Rudd said that Abedi was known to security services “up to a point” and it is believed intelligence agencies had dug into his connections with Al Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS) in his parents’ homeland of Libya.
The Special Deterrent anti-terror force said in a statement on its Facebook page that the arrest of Hashim Abedi took place in Tripoli as he was receiving cash transferred from his brother Salman. “When this operation is over, we will want to look at his background and what happened, how he became radicalised and what support he might have been given”, she said.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said he had “likely” been to Syria, citing information provided by British intelligence services to their counterparts in Paris. Authorities were working to determine whether Abedi possibly received training there from the Islamic State when he traveled to Libya.
“The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large-scale, fast-moving and making good progress”, Rowley said.
He said he spoke to his son, Salman Abedi, five days ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia to spend the holy month of Ramadan with family and that he sounded “normal”. The minister said she was “not surprised at all” that Islamic State jihadists had claimed the attack but said there was no information yet to confirm the extremist organisation’s active direction.
The 22-year-old Briton is also reported to have been an associate of Manchester IS recruiter Raphael Hostey – known as Abu Qaqa al-Britani – who was killed in Syria by a drone strike in 2016. “This is not us”, Mr Abedi senior told AP from Tripoli.
The vigil drew representatives of different religions who, one by one, condemned Monday evening’s bombing, which ripped through a crowd leaving a show by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.