How real were Manchester bomber's ISIS ties?


Greater Manchester Police arrested three more people in south Manchester Tuesday as they continued their investigation into the bombing. He said the number of overall wounded was raised due to the "walking wounded" who came in hours after the attack.

When asked if he had been contacted by British authorities about his son, who was reportedly known to the security services before Monday's bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, northwest England, Ramadan Abedi answered 'No'. "I was really shocked when I saw the news, I still don't believe it", he said in Tripoli. The home minister was speaking a day after the UK's terror threat level was raised to its highest of "critical", which indicates the security services believe more attacks may be imminent.

Taking place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena at 10.33pm, numerous injured are said to be children, with the youngest victim to be announced so far being eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

The impact will be felt by tourists in London, where the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which draws thousands of onlookers, was cancelled on Wednesday.

Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun said: "our hearts are broken", adding: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act".

He was born in Manchester to Libyan parents who moved to the United Kingdom as refugees.

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Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network.

"But I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

Abedi, who was reportedly born in the Libyan parents, is believed to have recently traveled to Libya, according to multiple media outlets that cite USA officials with knowledge of the investigation. Among investigators' areas of interest is how often Abedi travelled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

In a poignant moment he referred to the "Mancunian way to survive" and said: "In the face of a challenge we always stand tall". A vigil was held in Manchester's Albert Square on Tuesday as a show of support for victims and their families. Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was detained in Wigan, a town to the west of Manchester.

Saffie is one of three victims that have been named among the 22 people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up after the concert on Monday night. In a statement posted on Twitter by jihadist monitoring group SITE intelligence, ISIS referred to the suicide bomber as a "soldier of the Khilafah", a term the militant group uses to refer to individuals who carry out attacks in its name.