Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Investigation Focused on His 'Network'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Investigation Focused on His 'Network'

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THE Manchester suicide bomber's "network" is the focus of the huge counter-terrorism investigation into the atrocity as members of his family were detained in Libya.

Salman Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, has been arrested in Tripoli, along with his brother Hashim, who Libyan security forces said was "aware of all the details" of the attack.

Ramadan Abedi had earlier claimed his son was innocent, saying: "We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us."

The developments came as the probe was hit by further leaks to the US media, with the New York Times releasing crime scene pictures appearing to show bomb fragments and the hiking backpack used to conceal the explosive.

In other developments, UK detectives made a further five arrests, taking the number of people in custody to six.

With Britain on critical alert for further attacks: | Three men were arrested after police executed warrants in south Manchester, while officers entered an address in the city centre using a controlled explosion yesterday | Two further arrests were made later, of a man carrying a suspect package in Wigan and of a woman following an armed raid at a block of flats in Blackley, Manchester. …

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