Thursday 18 January 2018

Police warn Abedi's terror network 'potentially' at large as another arrest is made in Manchester

Police activity at a cordon in Quantock Street, Moss Side, as fresh arrests and raids are carried out in Manchester linked to Monday's suicide bombing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 28, 2017.
Police activity at a cordon in Quantock Street, Moss Side, as fresh arrests and raids are carried out in Manchester linked to Monday's suicide bombing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 28, 2017.
Salman Abedi, caught on CCTV minutes before detonating the bomb
People hold up an "I Love MCR" sign at a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017,/ AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF
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Counter-terror police have made a fresh arrest in connection to the Manchester suicide bombing as officers raid another address in the city.

Greater Manchester Police said a 25-year-old man had been detained on suspicion of terror offences in the Old Trafford area.

A search is also being carried out an address in Moss Side, in the south of the city, as part of the investigation.

12 people are now being held in custody after the atrocity at the Manchester Arena left 22 dead.

Images posted on social media showed armed officers in the Moss Side neighbourhood amid reports of an explosion.

Police would not comment on whether a controlled blast was used to gain entrance to the property, a tactic used on previous raids.

Salman Abedi, caught on CCTV minutes before detonating the bomb
Salman Abedi, caught on CCTV minutes before detonating the bomb

One resident wrote on Twitter: "There was an explosion about half an hour ago on Selworthy Road, Moss Side. There is armed police and dogs surrounding the area."

The latest operation came just hours after the Home Secretary warned that members of bomber Salman Abedi's terror network could still be at large.

Amber Rudd said parts of the suicide attacker's circle were "potentially" unaccounted for, despite optimism that a previous wave of arrests had quelled further threats.

On Saturday night, police issued CCTV stills of Abedi, bespectacled and casually clothed, in a plea for information about his movements between May 18 and the attack.

People hold up an
People hold up an "I Love MCR" sign at a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017,/ AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

A matter of hours after he was captured on camera, the 22-year-old was dead, having inflicted an outrage on a pop concert attended predominantly by young girls.

The huge police response that followed saw raids in several cities as counter-terror efforts were focused on cornering his suspected criminal ring.

As the huge counter-terror operation continued, the NHS said 54 people injured in the attack were still being treated in eight hospitals with 19 receiving critical care.

A total of 116 people required hospital care in the wake of the massacre, police previously said.

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