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Bomber may have had accomplices

Police seek ‘network’ behind Manchester attack

Salman Abedi
Face of evil: Salman Abedi

Police are investigating a terror “network” which they believe was responsible for Monday night’s attack at Manchester Arena, leaving 22 dead, including a number of children.

It was also confirmed today that an off-duty policewoman was among the victims.

Manchester-born Salman Abedi , 22, blew himself up at the end of a concert by the US pop star Ariana Grande. A further 64 people were treated in hospital and some have what are described as life-changing injuries.

After Abedi’s father and brother were among six people in custody last night questions were being asked about what the security forces new and why warnings about Abedi’s views and behaviour were not acted upon.

He is a former University of Salford student with links to Libyan who had said it was “ok” to be a suicide bomber.

Of the 64 injured, 20 are in a critical condition. Twelve of them are known to be children.

Today it was confirmed that Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from Barra, was among those who died. Her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, is in hospital with serious injuries.

The latest developments in the police inquiry came as the UK terror was raised to its highest level of “critical”, meaning more attacks may be imminent.

Up to 4,000 soldiers have joined armed police in protecting the streets and key venues, including Buckingham Palace.

The Palace of Westminster has been closed to the public.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “[Monday’s attack] was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we’ve seen before, and it seems likely – possible -that he wasn’t doing this on his own.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating.

“And as I’ve said, it continues at a pace. There’s extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester, as we speak,” he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

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