Manchester attack: Police make tenth arrest – BBC News

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Image caption An army bomb disposal unit was called to Wigan on Thursday

Police have arrested a man in the Moss Side area of Manchester in connection with Monday’s attack at the city’s Arena venue that killed 22 people.

He is one of eight men now in custody as part of the investigation, Greater Manchester Police have said.

Police believe Manchester-born suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22 from a family of Libyan origin, acted as part of a network.

In total, 10 people have been arrested in the UK but two were later released.

The UK terror threat level remains “critical” – meaning another attack could be imminent.

On Friday, police said they had searched an address in St Helens, Merseyside, in connection with the attack.

Residents who were moved from their homes in Wigan on Thursday night, while armed police and a bomb disposal unit searched a house, have been allowed to return.

In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi’s younger brother Hashem, 20, and their father, Ramadan, were held by special forces linked to the interior ministry.

Abedi was known to the security services, but his risk to the public remained “subject to review”.

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Image caption Motorbike and scooter riders descended on St Ann”s Square on Thursday to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack

Meanwhile, the UK has resumed sharing information with the US after assurances were received by counter-terrorism officers in the UK.

A diplomatic tiff broke out after the New York Times published leaked photos on Wednesday appearing to show debris from the crime scene, including bloodstained fragments from the bomb.

US president Donald Trump called the leaks “deeply troubling”.

General election campaigning, which was suspended in the wake of the Manchester attack, will resume on Friday, with Labour set to draw links between wars abroad and terrorism “at home”.

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Leader Jeremy Corbyn will say that under a Labour government, UK foreign policy would change to one that “reduces rather than increases the threat” to the country.

Prime Minister Theresa May will be attending a G7 Summit meeting in Sicily on Friday.

In a speech, she will urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism.

In other developments:

  • NHS England is warning health organisations to “ensure care is in place should it be needed” in the run-up to the Bank holiday weekend
  • Armed officers are to patrol trains nationwide for the first time
  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to meet Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday on his first official visit to the UK to show UK-US solidarity
  • UKIP’s Suzanne Evans said Theresa May had to take “some responsibility” for the Manchester bombing

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Who are the victims?

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Image caption Clockwise, from top left: Courtney Boyle, Saffie Roussos, Olivia Campbell, Martyn Hett, Michelle Kiss, Philip Tron, Sorrell Leczkowski, Liam Curry, Chloe Rutherford, Wendy Fawell, Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine McIver

Of the 22 victims killed at Manchester Arena, 21 have been named.

The youngest known victim so far is eight-year-old Saffie Roussos from Lancashire, who was described as “simply a beautiful little girl” by her head teacher.

The oldest victim was Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51 and from Blackpool, who had gone to the arena with a friend to pick up her friend’s daughter.

An off-duty Cheshire police officer Elaine McIver was also among the dead.

In a statement, her family said: “Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics.”

On Thursday evening, well-wishers in a convoy of bikes, scooters and cars adorned with pink ribbons and balloons wound their way from Bury to Manchester to pay tribute to 15-year-old Bury victim, Olivia Campbell.

Of the 116 injured, 75 remain in hospital. Of those, 23 are in critical care – five of them children.

What more do we know about the attacker?

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Media captionWatch: BBC Newsnight’s Gabriel Gatehouse gives details of what he’s learned about Salman Abedi

More details have begun to emerge about 22-year-old suicide bomber Abedi.

His sister, Jomana, has said she believed her brother may have been reacting to US-led strikes in the Middle East.

“He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge.

“Whether he got that is between him and God,” she reportedly told the Wall Street Journal.

It is also being reported that a Libyan government spokesman said 15 minutes before he blew himself up, Abedi called his mother and brother.

His movements in the run-up to the attack have also come into focus, with reports that he left the UK for a while, but returned in the days before the bombing.

Profile: Who was Salman Abedi?

During a trip back from Libya, where his parents now live, he briefly stopped at Dsseldorf Airport, having reportedly been in Prague, but remained in the airport’s transit zone.

The BBC also understands Abedi was in Manchester earlier this year, when he told people of the value of dying for a cause and made hardline statements about suicide operations and the conflict in Libya.

At the age of 16 and during his school holidays, Abedi is believed to have fought with his father in Libya against the Gaddafi regime, according to BBC Newsnight.

Greater Manchester Police would not comment on these claims.

In recent days, former classmates of Abedi have variously described him as jokey, gullible and short-tempered.

Another, who did not want to be named, told the BBC’s World At One Abedi did not “come across as an intelligent person”.

Asked whether he thought Abedi might have been manipulated by more intelligent people, he replied: “A hundred percent.

“I can’t imagine the idea that he would be able to go through with such a complicated procedure. He must have had help.”

“I wasn’t shocked,” the classmate added. “He fits the profile for a suicide bomber.”

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