U.K. re­mains on high alert

More ar­rests made af­ter ter­ror at­tack in Manch­ester

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Bri­tish po­lice made two more ar­rests and stormed three more lo­ca­tions Sun­day as they hunted for sus­pects in the Manch­ester bomb­ing, while a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter said mem­bers of at­tacker Sal­man Abedi’s network may still be at large.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said two men — one 25 years old and the other 19 — were ar­rested in the city on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ist of­fences. Eleven other men be­tween the ages of 18 and 44 also were in cus­tody.

Most of the searches and ar­rests since Mon­day night’s bomb­ing have been in multi-eth­nic south Manch­ester, where Abedi the son of Libyan par­ents — was born and raised.

Po­lice say that 1,000 peo­ple are work­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, try­ing to track down Abedi’s ac­com­plices and piece to­gether his move­ments in the days be­fore he det­o­nated a bomb at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert. The ex­plo­sion killed 22 peo­ple — in­clud­ing seven chil­dren un­der 18 — and in­jured more than 100.

Abedi died in the blast. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say they have dis­man­tled a large part of his network, but ex­pect to make more ar­rests.

“The op­er­a­tion is still at full tilt,” Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said, adding that some sus­pects could re­main at large.

“Un­til the op­er­a­tion is com­plete, we can’t be en­tirely sure that it is closed,” she said.

Bri­tish po­lice now have 13 sus­pects in cus­tody — in­clud­ing Abedi’s el­der brother Is­mail — and have searched properties across Manch­ester, a city in north­west Eng­land. An­other brother and Abedi’s fa­ther have been de­tained in Libya. Po­lice have re­leased sur­veil­lance-cam­era images of Abedi on the night of the at­tack that show him dressed in sneak­ers.

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Armed po­lice stand at the start of the Great Manch­ester Run in Manch­ester, Eng­land Sun­day.

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