Armed police arrested Ismail Abedi, 23, older brother of Monday night’s bomber Salman Abedi
The 22-year-old detonated a ball bearing bomb at the end of a pop concert that killed 22 people and injured at least 119 others
Alleged Bomber Salman Abedi, identified as British born male from Manchester
The college dropout is of Libyan descent, and was known to the security services, investigators confirmed he died in the explosion last night
Police raided the home he shared with his brother, where a controlled explosion took place
Ismail Abedi was arrested by armed officers in south Manchester at around 10.30am
PM Theresa May announced terror threat level raised to ‘critical’ for the first time in a decade
Manchester concert bomber, Salman Abedi
Anti-terror police swooped on suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s brother in the street and arrested him in connection with Monday night’s ISIS terror attack at the Manchester Arena.
Officers leading the handcuffed Ismail Abedi, 23, to a police van outside a Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, south Manchester at about 10.30am on Tuesday morning.
Security officers lead Ismail Abedi the handcuffs to a police van outside a Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, south Manchester at about 10.30am, Tuesday
Witnesses said the man was ordered to ‘get on the ground’ and that he was seen smiling as a team of officers, who had arrived in a black Mercedes, made the arrest.
It came just hours after his terrorist brother Salman Abedi, 22, slaughtered 22 people and injured another 119 after an Ariana Grande concert.
Abedi grew up in the Whalley Range area of the city. He was registered as having lived with his mother Samia Tabbal, father Ramadan, a former airport security worker, and a brother, Ismail Abedi
Ismail who is a year older was born in Westminster.
Anti-terrorist forces storm the home shared by the Abedi brothers in Fallowfield, Manchester on Tuesday morning
Forensic offices, holds up a how to manual called ‘Know Your Chemicals’, recovered from the Abedi brothers’ address
ISIS have claimed responsibility after the terrorist set off a ball bearing bomb, in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.
Troops will now be deployed onto Britain’s streets amid fears a further terror attack ‘may be imminent’. Theresa May announced the move this evening, less than 24 hours after the bomb attack at the concert.
Salman Abedi, the third of four children by Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime, was known to authorities.
He was born in the city and neighbours described him as an abrasive, tall and skinny Manchester United fan.
Police forensics officer seen leaving the alleged bomber’s home this afternoon holding a police issue book called ‘Know Your Chemicals’
The police and security services are trying to establish whether Salman worked alone or was part of a wider network that helped him with the bomb. However, security sources said the initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 1994, the son of two Libyans who came to Britain to escape the Gaddafi regime. His father, Ramadan Abedi, is a former airport security worker and he has three siblings, two brothers, Ismail and Hashem and a sister, Jomana.
It was reported that the family have all gone back to Libya recently, leaving Ismail and Salman Abedi in the city. A neighbour revealed the suicide bomber was heard chanting Islamic prayers in Arabic just weeks before the attack.
Large number of armed officers, carried out a raid on a house in the Fallowfield area of the Manchester City early Tuesday
A neighbour volunteered that : ‘They [Abedis], were a Libyan family. A couple of months ago he [Salman] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic. He was saying “There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger”.’
Another neighbour said: ‘They are a Libyan family. They speak Arabic together and they have Libyan flags in their garden.
‘There is a mother, a father and their son Salman. The mother used to teach my younger sister to read the Koran because it is in Arabic.
‘They dressed very traditionally, in Islamic clothes. The mother used to wear a headscarf.’
The alleged bomber’s older brother, Ismail Abedi, appeared to be smiling as security forces led him away after taking him into custody
Earlier, armed police sealed off a street in the Fallowfield area of south Manchester, and then carried out a controlled explosion at the terraced house where Salman Abedi lived.
A police cordon blocked the entrance to the residential street on south Manchester.
Officers also searched the home of Ismail in the Chorlton area of south Manchester and arrested him near the address where the family had previously lived.
He was handcuffed and sat with his back to a wall near the supermarket car park before being bundled into an unmarked police car, witnesses said.
Officers descended on a street in the south of Manchester today to search a house where the Abedi boys lived as lids with their parents
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Abedi grew up just yards from Whalley Range High School, which hit the headlines in 2015 when twins Zahra and Salma Halane – who were both grade A pupils and aspiring medical students – left their homes and fled Britain to join ISIS in Syria.
Abedi grew up just yards from Whalley Range High School, which hit the headlines in 2015 when twins Zahra and Salma Halane, both with high GPAs and aspiring medical students, infamously left their homes and fled Britain to join ISIS in Syria.
Police forensics officers carry evidential materials out of one of two properties raided as they attempt to piece together what motivated the suicide bomber
Within hours ISIS claimed responsibility for the after the Manchester concert bombing,
calling the bomber one of their soldier.
According to the SITE Intel Group, which monitors Jihadist groups, the ISIS statement described the explosion as having taken place at a ‘shameless concert arena’.
The statement has been translated as saying: ‘With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester.
It said the attack was ‘revenge for Allah’s religion… in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims.
‘The explosive devices were detonated in the shameless concert arena. What comes next will be more severe on the worshippers of the Cross and their allies.’
Mr Coats testifying before the senate armed services committee, on Tuesday, commented on the Manchester attack which he described as a ‘tragic’ atrocity and a reminder of the real threat faced by the West and its allies.
Mr Coats told the lawmakers that : ‘ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Manchester, although they claim responsibility for virtually every attack. We have not verified yet the connection.’ He said he had just returned to the US after a visit to London where he met intelligence counterparts.
‘We spent a significant amount of time discussing threats to our respective homelands.
‘It’s a tragic situation that we see all too much of in countries around the world, particularly our allies.
‘Once again, it reminds us that this threat is real, it is not going away and needs significant attention to do everything we can to protect our people from these kinds of attacks.’
British prime Minister, Theresa May [centre], seen with Home Secretary Amber Rudd met Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins in the city this afternoon. She has announced that the terror alert level has been raised to ‘Critical’ for the first time since 2007
Security chiefs say SAS troops are ready to be deployed to counter any further acts of terror
Security has been beefed up in the British capital of London with extra armed police deployed. British authorities seek to reassure the public in the wake of the attack
SAS troops were drafted into Manchester on Monday to support police efforts as counter terror officers launched a major operation to find friends and relatives of the suicide bomber.
Under the direction of the Counter Terrorist Command the move is part of an ongoing high readiness response, codenamed Op Temperer.
Army commanders have three infantry battalions of armed soldiers ready to deploy anywhere across the country to support the police.
Prime Minister May is said to be reviewing a wider intelligence assessment from officers at the Joint Terrorist Analysis Cell, before making any decision on the deployment of armed soldiers on mainland Britain.