On Monday, Manchester Police released new photos of Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber that carried out the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert, with a “distinctive blue suitcase.”
The images were taken sometime between May 18 and May 22, the day of the attack. In the photo, Abedi is seen with a blue suitcase, but officials say the suitcase pictured is different from the item Abedi used at the concert. Police are asking the public to report any information they may have about the item.
The Greater Manchester police alerted the public with a Twitter post, asking for witnesses who may have seen Abedi with the item. The Tweet reads: “Attack at Manchester Arena update: image released of Abedi carrying a suitcase. Did you see him?”
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 29, 2017
In a statement attached to the Tweet, police write,”We have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything dangerous, but would ask people to be cautious.” They ask for anyone with any information to come forward.
“If you have any details about the suitcase we need you to get in touch and let us know,” the statement says.
Police and security services have not released much information about their investigation, but officials believe there is a network of supporters behind Abedi’s attack. So far, 14 men have been taken into custody for possible connections to the bombing.
Police have not released the names of all suspects, however Abedi’s older brother Ismail is one of the suspects in custody. The brother, along with the other suspects, are being held on suspicion of violating Britain’s Terrorism Act.
Abedi’s younger brother and father are also being detained, but they were taken into custody in Libya.
As the counter-terrorism force tries to piece together Abedi’s movements leading up to the bombing at the Manchester arena, police are looking through 12,960 hours of closed circuit TV recordings.
Reportedly, police believe that Abedi has been identified with the suitcase at two separate locations in Manchester.
Investigators have searched 21 different addresses and uncovered 630 pieces of evidence, as the country remains on high alert due to the fact that some people associated with the bombing may still be at large.
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