How one key piece led to Manchester bomber's identity

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25 May, 2017

He was named by police and Prime Minister Theresa May the day after the deadly attack, which also left dozens wounded, on the concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande, who has a large teenage girl following.

After meeting with her top security officials, prime minister Theresa May announced intelligence analysts had raised the United Kingdom terrorism threat level from "severe" to "critical"-the highest level- for the first time in a decade".

The mother of a 15-year-old girl has paid tribute to her "precious" daughter as she revealed she had died in the Manchester Arena bombing.

A further 59 people were injured when Abedi, 22, detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the Arena's foyer as thousands of young people left a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande. Sadly, the first victim identified was Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student and Ariana superfan who had been looking forward to attending the show.

Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year's Eve 1994 to Libyan parents, who had fled that country after becoming opponents of Colonel Gaddafi's repressive regime.

Intelligence agents are now investigating reports the football-obsessed Abedi slipped into Syria while visiting relatives in Libya several times in recent years, The Sun reports.

As Theresa May indicated, it met repeatedly on Tuesday to assess the level of threat. "I would be surprised if there are not a number of individuals arrested".

Evans, the older brother of current Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans, worked as the Hub's top cop for a decade beginning in 1993.

Alan Kinsey, 52, who lives across the street, said he had seen "a lot of different people living there" in the past but in the last six months or more had only seen one young man in his 20s.

Abedi's family lived at more than one address in the city, including a property at Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield area that was raided by police.

Grande has suspended her tour. She wrote, "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry".

The attack stunned Brits near and far. That's when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive just outside the arena, the BBC reported.

Poland's foreign minister says that a Polish couple were killed in the concert blast in Manchester.

Taxi drivers gave free rides to people fleeing the carnage, said Una Palfreyman, 68, and people opened their homes to terrified concertgoers.

"This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent", May said in a televised statement from her Downing Street Office after a meeting of the government's crisis response committee.

12 of the 59 injured were children, Rouse said.


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