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UK deploys 1,000 soldiers to protect key sites after bombing

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/24/2017 By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press
Mounted police on patrol in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24, 2017. More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Mounted police on patrol in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24, 2017. More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British security forces arrested three more suspects Wednesday in connection with the Manchester concert bombing and sent hundreds of soldiers to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

The English flag of St. George flies at half mast above Manchester Cathedral in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson) © The Associated Press The English flag of St. George flies at half mast above Manchester Cathedral in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, identified as British-born Libyan Salman Abedi, "likely" did not act alone when he killed 22 people and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. She said he had been known to security forces "up to a point."

A woman stands next to flowers offered for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A woman stands next to flowers offered for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Many at the concert were young girls and teens enthralled by Grande's pop power. The youngest victim of the bombing named so far was just 8 years old.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the lights are off at the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Rome turned off the lights of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and city Hall Palace to honor the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. (Angelo CarconiANSA via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the lights are off at the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Rome turned off the lights of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and city Hall Palace to honor the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. (Angelo CarconiANSA via AP)

Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya and possibly Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. The government said nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed Wednesday instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the lights are off at the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Rome turned off the lights of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and city Hall Palace to honor the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. (Angelo CarconiANSA via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the lights are off at the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Rome turned off the lights of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and city Hall Palace to honor the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. (Angelo CarconiANSA via AP)

Police said three men were arrested Wednesday in south Manchester, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched.

A woman stands by flowers offered for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A woman stands by flowers offered for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Britain raised its threat level from terrorism to "critical" after an emergency government meeting late Tuesday amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack.

A woman places flowers at a memorial for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press A woman places flowers at a memorial for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled Wednesday so police officers can be re-deployed, Britain's defense ministry said. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London.

Newspapers reporting about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people as it ended Monday night are placed in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) © The Associated Press Newspapers reporting about the suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people as it ended Monday night are placed in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, was also closed Wednesday to all those without passes, and tours and events there were cancelled until further notice. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

Armed police keep guard near Victoria Station in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Armed police keep guard near Victoria Station in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win this season.

People have their bags searched outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, Wednesday May 24, 2017 ahead of a service to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) © The Associated Press People have their bags searched outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, Wednesday May 24, 2017 ahead of a service to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

"We are sure our fans will understand this decision," the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.

Armed police officers patrol outside at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Wednesday May 24, 2017 to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) © The Associated Press Armed police officers patrol outside at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Wednesday May 24, 2017 to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Suicide bomber Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there.

People have their bags searched outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, Wednesday May 24, 2017 ahead of a service to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) © The Associated Press People have their bags searched outside St Paul's Cathedral in London, Wednesday May 24, 2017 ahead of a service to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Police on Tuesday raided his house, using a controlled explosion to blast down the door. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much.

Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Manchester police arrested a man early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from Abedi's home.

A forensic officer works near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press A forensic officer works near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.

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Tributes are seen outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson) © The Associated Press Tributes are seen outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor ... and I realized there is something wrong here," he said. "They arrested the father, and I think the rest of the family kind of disappeared."

A police officer accepts tributes from a man outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson) © The Associated Press A police officer accepts tributes from a man outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

He said he immediately suspected the arrest might be linked to the bombing since "somebody told me they were Libyans, or I read it somewhere."

Tributes are seen outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson) © The Associated Press Tributes are seen outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

He said he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque but "in the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all. I haven't seen police come to his house."

Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi's brother Ismail is thought to have lived.

Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.

Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

Members of the public look at flower tributes in Albert square in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24, 2017. More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Members of the public look at flower tributes in Albert square in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24, 2017. More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

Mounted police on patrol in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24, 2017. More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) © The Associated Press Mounted police on patrol in central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24, 2017. More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Rudd said Britain's increased official threat level will remain at "critical" as the investigation proceeds and won't be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place.

Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Forensic officers work near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

She also complained about U.S. officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

Armed police officers patrol a police cordon near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Armed police officers patrol a police cordon near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again," she said.

Armed police officers patrol a police cordon near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Armed police officers patrol a police cordon near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In addition to those killed in the concert attack, Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack.

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Armed police officers patrol a police cordon near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Armed police officers patrol a police cordon near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Sixty-four people are still hospitalized, Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said Wednesday. Officials say 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries.

A police presence continues in connection to the Monday night explosion at the Manchester Arena at an address in Aston Avenue Greater Manchester England, Wednesday May 24, 2017 . A suicide bomber killed more than 20 people leaving a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday . ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A police presence continues in connection to the Monday night explosion at the Manchester Arena at an address in Aston Avenue Greater Manchester England, Wednesday May 24, 2017 . A suicide bomber killed more than 20 people leaving a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday . ( Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

Many of them had serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery," Rouse said.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

As soldiers replaced armed police at Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament, London Police Commander Jane Connors said the goal is to "make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate."

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Katz reported from London. Sylvia Hui in London, Rob Harris in Manchester and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.

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