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25-year-old man held in fresh arrest over Manchester attack, total 12 in custody

world Updated: May 28, 2017 21:03 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
AFP, London
Manchester attack,Salman Abedi,Manchester suicide bomber

An armed policeman stands guard as competitors including Manchester band New Order's bass player Peter Hook (R), start the Great Manchester Run in Manchester, north west England on May 28(AFP Photo)

British police said they had arrested a 25-year-old man Sunday and were conducting a search of a house in connection with the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert.

Officers arrested the man on terror charges in Old Trafford, to the east of the city, and were searching an address in the Moss Side area of Manchester, according to a statement from Greater Manchester Police.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said, “Today, May 28, 2017, officers investigating the attack at the Manchester Arena have executed a warrant at an address in Moss Side. A search is currently on-going.”

The total number of arrests related to the attack have gone up to 14. However, the number of persons in custody was 12 after two were released without charge.

Britain’s terror threat level was on Saturday reduced to “severe” from “critical”.

The terror threat level now indicates that an attack remains highly likely rather than imminent. The Army troops deployed as a result of Operation Temperer will be reduced from Monday night.

Prime Minister Theresa May made this announcement after leading a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra.

Investigators believe 22-year-old Manchester-born suicide bomber Salman Abedi, from a family of Libyan origin, acted as part of a terrorist network and their focus had been on intercepting his wider network.

Abedi blew himself up at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena last week, killing 22 people and leaving 119 injured.

Abedi was known to UK security services, but his risk to the public remained “subject to review”, according to reports.

In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi’s younger brother 20-year-old Hashem and their father, Ramadan, are being held by special forces linked to the country’s interior ministry.

About 1,000 armed police officers have been freed up by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament under Operation Temperer.

First Published: May 28, 2017 21:01 IST