“The pub­lic should be in no doubt that there is a large threat”

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painstak­ingly as­sem­bled -- likely with as­sis­tance, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials and ex­perts.

Ten men are now in cus­tody in con­nec­tion with the at­tack, in­clud­ing Abedi’s brother and fa­ther in Libya.

Po­lice have re­vealed lit­tle about the ex­plo­sive. But pho­to­graphs from the bomb scene leaked to The New York Times -- to the fury of Bri­tish of­fi­cials -- sug­gest Abedi car­ried “an im­pro­vised de­vice made with fore­thought and care”, the news­pa­per wrote.

The im­ages showed shreds of a blue Kar­ri­mor back­pack, metal screws and nuts, the re­mains of a pow­er­ful bat­tery, and an ap­par­ent hand-held det­o­na­tor.

Britain’s The Times news­pa­per said yes­ter­day said Abedi was be­lieved to have planned the at­tack for at least a year, buy­ing nails and screws for the de­vice from hard­ware stores.

Security sources fear he may have also made a sec­ond de­vice which is now in the hands of other ji­hadists, The Daily Tele­graph re­ported.

Af­ter his return from Libya, Abedi was seen on security cam­eras last Fri­day buy­ing the Kar­ri­mor ruck­sack at a Manch­ester shop­ping cen­tre, the Tele­graph said. – Reuters, AFP

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