4 in Custody in Connection With Manchester Terrorist Attack
Manchester, UK: Four people were arrested in connection to the terrorist attack that killed 22 and injured around 119 people in Manchester at Ariana Grande Concert. The authorities said that the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, did not act alone and “this is clearly a network that we are investigating.”
“Extensive activity is taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak,” said Ian Hopkins, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police at a press conference on Wednesday.
On Tuesday UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that another threat might be imminent and increased the country’s threat level to critical.
The police have raided a flat in Manchester city center on Tuesday after they made three arrests in the Fallow field area of Manchester. On Wednesday, they surrounded another apartment building, which is about one-and-a-half mile away from where the attack had taken place. About 20 policemen entered the building, and as per reports, they were there to capture another suspect related to the bombing.
On Wednesday, police in London said that people should expect “to see more armed officers” patrolling the streets in response to the elevated threats.
The police activity and the high alert have chances of reducing the risk of another immediate threat. Experts say that there are chances that terrorists stop their activities and go underground for at least a while.
In the last 19 months, the police have thwarted at least 12 terrorist plots, according to Dominic Grieve, chairman at parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Experts say that it is inevitable that over time some will succeed.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack at Ariana Grande Concert. The 22-year-old Salman Abedi is identified as the suicide bomber. He is dead at the scene.