MI5 probes into Manchester attack warnings
MANCHESTER: Britain’s MI5 intelligence service launched an internal inquiry yesterday into whether vital clues were missed in the run-up to the Manchester suicide bombing, as police arrested another man in connection with the attack.
The developments came a week after 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a British-born university dropout of Libyan origin, detonated his device outside a pop concert by teen idol Ariana Grande.
A 23-year-old man was arrested in the southern town of Shoreham-by-Sea, more than 400km from here over the attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
That brought the number of people detained on UK soil to 14.
MI5 is looking at decisions taken in the case of Abedi, who used to be on a terror watch list but was no longer on it at the time of the attack, and whether warnings about his behaviour were ignored.
Two people who knew Abedi made separate calls to an antiterrorism hotline to warn the police about his extremist views, British media had reported.
Abedi could be seen on the night of the massacre, wearing jeans and trainers, a black bodywarmer and a baseball cap, with the straps of the backpack believed to contain the bomb visible on his shoulders.
None of the men arrested have been charged with a crime yet, and police have up to 14 days in which to do so under special antiterrorism laws. AFP