Members of the terrorist network which carried out the Manchester atrocity may have fled to elsewhere in Britain and could have access to bomb-making material, according to security sources. Smaller towns which may not have a large armed police presence are places of particular concern.
Greater Manchester Police hopes to resume normal intelligence relationships – a two-way flow of information – soon but is currently “furious”, the BBC understands.
It was his second visit to Germany. Records show that he previously flew from Frankfurt to the UK in 2015.
Security services are particularly concerned to learn whether he may have met with any radical Islamists in Germany.
“All civilized nations must be united in this effort. This trip is focused on that goal,” Trump said at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, after meeting earlier with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.
Bonus: “We are telling you right now that Iran will not have nuclear weapons,” he vowed.
The man, reported to be 23 years old, is believed to be among a number of people held by police, who have also raided a property in the Chorlton/Whalley Range area and reportedly carried out a controlled explosion in Fallowfield.
[There is confusion in the media over whether Abedi is the man arrested lest night or the actual suicide bomber, we are seeing multiple reports of both claims. If necessary we will correct this post.]
Manchester terror attack suspect identified as Salman Abedi
British authorities on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who launched a deadly attack at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert, hours after the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Pro-Islamic State accounts called upon followers to “hunt your prey” prior to Monday night’s explosions at the Manchester Arena, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on May 22, 2017 the following statement on the “apparent terrorist attack” in Manchester.
“With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester Arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester,” Greater Manchester Police said on Twitter on Tuesday.
Coulter’s Law in effect.
President Trump on Tuesday—standing beside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem—offered his condolences to the victims in Monday night’s terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in the U.K., and went on to excoriate the attacker, calling those who attack the innocents “evil losers in life.”
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FoxNews: Authorities in Manchester said Tuesday that, according to their preliminary investigation, it appears that one man detonated an improvised explosive device at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. The unidentified man died at the scene, police said. Authorities increased the death toll Tuesday to 22.
British PM May confirms ‘appalling’ deadly blast at Manchester stadium was a terror attack
‘Suicide bomber’ strikes at Manchester Arena: Nineteen people are killed and 50 injured in terrorist attack as ‘nail bomb near the exit’ explodes, ripping into teens leaving packed Ariana Grande gig
Latest statement from Manchester police:
CNBC says US officials have been advised it was a suicide attack. (Not confirmed)
ISIS claims credit? (Not confirmed)
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) May 23, 2017
Reporters were moved away from the scene and were told a controlled explosion was imminent.
BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford said senior counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office.
British Transport Police say explosion was in the foyer area of Manchester Arena.
Update: Some suggest gas filled balloons exploded panicking concert goers.
19 confirmed dead, police are treating it as a terror incident
Statement from Manchester Arena
If it turns out to be an unfortunate Balloon related incident and those balloons were supplied by Ariana Grande then she will finally be known for something other than Serial Donut Licking.
She told the Press Association: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
“The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.
“Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.”
Update: Reports that a loudspeaker blew up, some injuries possibly from stampede. Fake pictures circulating online.
Twitter: Manchester Arena
Daily Express: Manchester Arena – People flee Ariana Grande concert after reports of loud bangs
The Telegraph: Manchester Arena: large police presence after reports of explosion
Daily Mail: BREAKING NEWS: Several people killed and many injured after two explosions in Manchester Arena at the end of Ariana Grande gig as bloodied concertgoers flee in terror
A second woman, from Finland, is missing and has possibly been kidnapped, the ministry said.
Gunmen Attack Kabul Bank Branch In Paktia, Targeting Civilians Unforgivable Act: President Ghani
A number of gunmen launched a coordinated attack on New Kabul Bank branch in Gardez city, the capital of Paktia province on Saturday afternoon, killing 2 people and injuring at least 29 others. Provincial governor spokesperson, Abdullah Hasrat, confirmed the attack, adding one suicide bomber detonated his explosive packed vest at the gate of the bank while the rest launched a coordinated attack against the Afghan security forces in the area.
At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials
Fighting is ongoing in Zabul province, where the police were attacked in Shah Joi district, provincial governor Bismullah Afghanmal said. He said the Taliban had ambushed police in the areas of Chino and Ghulam Rabat.
“The report we have right now indicates that 20 policemen are martyred and 10 others are wounded. The number may increase,” Afghanmal told Reuters.
Walking into the church through the same entrance used by the bomber, I was struck by the eerie silence. We were escorted by one of the bishop’s assistants and several church workers were already inside, but the only sound I could hear were our footsteps on the marble floor. When we spoke, we felt compelled to only speak in the softest of whispers. I was embarrassed by the sound of the shutter on my camera.
About twenty feet inside the church is the spot where the detonation occurred. A marble column just a few feet away bears the huge shrapnel marks—as big as the palm of my hand.
A suspect arrested in Russia on Sunday has admitted he was behind the St Petersburg metro bombing that killed 14 people, Russia media say.
Hundreds of lives were saved by a quick-thinking security van driver who drove his van directly into the path of the rampaging lorry, forcing the terrorist to lose control and crash.