Sui­cide bomber may have acted alone

Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Witherow

THE Manch­ester sui­cide bomber may have acted alone, coun­tert­er­ror­ism police said last night.

In the four days be­tween trav­el­ling to the UK from Libya and car­ry­ing out the atroc­ity that killed 22 peo­ple, Sal­man Abedi bought most of the com­po­nents and built the bomb by him­self, they said.

Police said they could not rule out that the Libyan was part of a wider net­work, but af­ter seven days of in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing 1,000 of­fi­cers and ‘hun­dreds’ of wit­nesses, they con­cluded that he mostly acted alone.

This runs counter to the im­pres­sion given so far in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which has seen 16 ar­rests. Last night three sus­pects, aged 20, 24 and 37, were re­leased with­out charge. Of­fi­cers said a blue suit­case Abedi was seen with hours be­fore he launched the at­tack re­mains a fo­cus of their in­quiry.

It may con­tain cru­cial ev­i­dence that could al­low foren­sic ex­perts to piece to­gether the gaps in his fi­nal move­ments.

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Russ Jack­son, head of the North West Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit, said: ‘Our en­quiries show Abedi him­self made most of the pur­chases of the core com­po­nents. Many of his move­ments and ac­tions have been car­ried out alone dur­ing the four days from him land­ing in the coun­try and com­mit­ting this aw­ful at­tack.

‘It is vi­tal that we make sure that he is not part of a wider net­work and we can­not rule this out yet. There re­main a num­ber of things that con­cern us.’

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