More ar­rests made in Manchester at­tack

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

LON­DON — 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 were also in cus­tody.

Most of the searches and ar­rests since Mon­day night’s bomb­ing have been in mul­ti­eth­nic 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 un­der 18.

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.

Po­lice have re­leased sur­veil­lance-cam­era images of Abedi on the night of the at­tack that show him dressed in sneak­ers, jeans, a dark jacket and a base­ball cap. The straps of a back­pack are vis­i­ble on his shoul­ders.

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