Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

UK police arrest 16th person in connection with Manchester attack

UK police arrest 16th person in connection with Manchester attack

Also on Monday, British police arrested a 23-year-old man on the south coast of England, hundreds of kilometres south of Manchester.

A 23-year-old was held in the small seaside town on suspicion of terror offences in the early hours of Monday morning, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Since the bombing outside Manchester Arena, in which 22 people died, 14 men remain in custody for questioning, Reuters reported.

Interior Minister Amber Rudd told Sky News that this was a "right first step" for MI5 to take in the wake of the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert by USA singer Ariana Grande.

The police statement said one of the last places he went to before the attack at the Manchester Arena venue was a city centre flat, where they believe he may have finished assembling the device.

"The security services will know a lot of people, it doesn't mean they are expected to arrest everybody that they know, but it is somebody that they had known before and I'm sure when this investigation concludes we'll be able to find out more", Rudd said when asked if Abedi was already known to security services.

In all, 16 people have been arrested so far in relation to the incident.

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Police say that 1,000 people are working on the investigation, trying to track down Abedi's accomplices and piece together his movements in the days before he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert.

Last week's attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005, was claimed by Islamic State.

British authorities are racing to round up the terror network behind the Manchester concert bombing after Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed some of those involved could potentially still be at large. The hunt is still on for suspects in the Manchester bombing, and members of attacker Salman Abedi's netw.

A total of 116 people had required hospital care in the wake of the massacre, police previously said. But it still remains at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely. His elder brother Ismail is among the suspects being held in Britain, and a younger brother and Abedi's father have been detained in Libya.

His 22 victims included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters.

Police have released surveillance-camera images of Abedi on the night of the attack that show him dressed in sneakers, jeans, a dark jacket and a baseball cap.

She said the government had "never understated" the threat of a terror attack in the United Kingdom, adding: "We have to level with people".

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