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Manchester Police Apprehend 15th Suspect As Bombing Investigation Continues


Salman Abedi, the man police say was behind the Manchester bombing, is seen in this image taken from CCTV on the night he committed the attack in this handout photo released to Reuters on May 27.

British police investigating the deadly terror attack in Manchester made two arrests on May 28 as they continue their efforts to capture a suspected network of which they believe suicide bomber Salman Abedi had been a part.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement they had arrested a 19-year-old male in Gorton "on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act," just hours after they apprehended a 25-year-old man on the same charges.

The latest arrest brings the total number of suspects apprehended over the bombing to 15, including Abedi’s elder brother, Ismail. Two have since been released without charge, while 12 men remain in custody for questioning.

Asked during a BBC interview on May 28 whether some of the group members were still at large, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "Potentially. It is an ongoing operation."

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

Rudd said that intelligence agencies were monitoring 3,000 suspected extremists and had a wider pool of 20,000 people of interest.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the national terror threat level had been reduced from "critical" to "severe" and that military troops would stop patrolling Britain's streets but that the public "should remain vigilant."

Extra armed officers will be on duty across the country with security stepped up at some 1,300 events over the long holiday weekend.

The Times newspaper reported on May 27 that some "23,000 jihadist extremists" living in Britain had been identified by intelligence officers.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, BBC, and AP
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