Police are now investigating the likelihood that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was part of an international terror network after learning that he traveled to Germany just days before the terror attack.
German intelligence sources have revealed that Abedi flew into Dusseldorf from his hometown of Manchester about four days before staging his suicide attack on Manchester Arena on Monday evening. Because the 22 year old was not on an international terror watch list, nothing would have stopped him from traveling throughout Europe.
The existence of a European terror network is now clear, says U.K. police, who have elevated the country’s threat level to “critical” in response to the knowledge that the person who made Abedi’s suicide bomb is still at large and likely poised to strike again.
Greater Manchester Police arrested two more men in an early morning police raid in Manchester on Thursday, bringing the total number of arrests in connection with the attack up to eight.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that Abedi was a “soldier of the caliphate.”
Also known to have traveled to Syria in the recent past, Abedi had “proven” links with ISIS, according to French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.
British soldiers are now guarding high-profile sites in the U.K., including Buckingham Palace and Parliament.
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