Thursday 17 August 2017

Police release new photo of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi as they hunt his missing suitcase

Salman Abedi. Picture: Greater Manchester Police
Salman Abedi. Picture: Greater Manchester Police
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Manchester police are trying to track down a suitcase used by Salman Abedi in the days before the horror attack.

Police have been working round-the-clock since Abedi killed 22 people, seven of them children, and injured more than 100 in the worst terrorist atrocity since the July 7 bombings in 2005.

Salman Abedi. (AP)
Salman Abedi. (AP)

And today a fresh image of Salman Abedi was released by Greater Manchester Police in a bid to track the final movements of Abedi.

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit said:

“We continue to track the final movements of Salman Abedi and are particularly interested in his whereabouts between 18 and 22 May 2017.

“Today, we are releasing an image of carrying a distinctive blue suitcase and an image of a replica of the case. We know he visited the Wilmslow Road area of Manchester and was also seen in Manchester city centre with the blue suitcase."

The police officer asked: “Did you see Abedi with this suitcase between the 18 and 22 May 2017? Where did you see him with it during that time? You may have seen him in the Wilmslow Road area or Manchester city centre with the suitcase or know where the suitcase has been. If you have any details about the suitcase we need you to get in touch and let us know."

Det Chief Supt Jackson said they believe Abedi was in possession of this case in the days before the attack.

"I want to stress that this is a different item than the one he used in the attack. This image was taken from CCTV in the city centre on 22 May."

He said they have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything dangerous, but would ask people to be cautious.

“The public should not approach the case if they see it but contact police immediately on 999."

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