Three additional arrests were made Wednesday by authorities in Manchester, England, as a number of law enforcement agencies worked to subdue any additional threats following Monday’s terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert.
According to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Salman Abedi, 22, the suicide bomber who perpetrated the attack, had been known to security forces “up to a point.”
Amid concerns that Abedi did not act alone, Britain raised its threat level to “critical,” and military forces have been deployed to guard high-profile sites such as Parliament and Buckingham Palace.
Born in Britain to a Libyan family, Abedi grew up in Manchester and attended school in the area. Neighbors described him as tall, thin and quiet, and mentioned that he often dressed in traditional Islamic clothing.
Police raided Abedi’s house and searched another property in Manchester where Abedi’s brother Ismail is thought to have lived. Officials arrested a 23-year-old man as part of the investigation but no details about him have been released.
Abedi is believed to have traveled to Libya and Syria and had “proven” links with ISIS.
On Wednesday, soldiers replaced armed police on Wednesday at sites like Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. The goal of that effort, according to London Police Commander Jane Connors, is to “make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate.”
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