MI5 probes into Manch­ester at­tack warn­ings

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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