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Manchester Attack: Three Men Arrested in Connection With Bombing

Variety logo Variety 5/24/2017 Henry Chu
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Police in Britain have arrested three more men in connection with this week’s bombing at the Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people and injured more than 60 others.

Manchester police said Wednesday that the three men were arrested during raids on properties in south Manchester. No other details have been released. A fourth suspect, an unidentified 23-year-old man, was arrested Tuesday. The BBC has reported that one of the men in custody is the brother of suspected bomber Salman Abedi.

Abedi, 22, was known to authorities, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said. Investigators are trying to determine whether he had ties to terrorist organizations such as ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for Monday night’s deadly blast at the Manchester Arena.

“It was…more sophisticated than some of the attacks we’ve seen before,” Rudd said. “And it seems likely, possible, that he wasn’t doing this on his own, so the intelligence services and police are pursuing their leads in order to make sure they get all the information.”

British media reports said that Abedi had links to Libya and had traveled to Syria.

Late Tuesday, the British government raised the national terror threat level to “critical,” which means that a terrorist attack is not just likely but possibly imminent and that military personnel can be deployed in public places to reinforce police.

On Wednesday, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, was canceled so that officers could be redeployed. Access to the Houses of Parliament has also been restricted.

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