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Manchester bomber 'travelled to Syria and had IS links', French minister says

Manchester bomber 'travelled to Syria and had IS links', French minister says

"The attack was the deadliest since July 7, 2005 when four suicide bombers inspired by Al Qaeda attacked London's transport system killing 52 and injuring 700 others", it reported.

Also on Wednesday, France's interior minister said that Abedi was believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links to ISIS.

"Today we only know what British investigators have told us - someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya, then probably to Syria, becomes radicalised and decides to carry out this attack", Collomb told BFMTV.

"We are now treating 64 individuals. of those approximately 20 are receiving critical care, that means very urgent care", Jon Rouse, chief officer for health and social care services in the Greater Manchester area, told Sky News.

May said Tuesday: "It is a possibility we can not ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May raisedi the country's terror threat level from "severe" to "critical" Tuesday after law enforcement raided the home of the Abedi.

Hett was a fan of the long-running British television series Coronation Street, set in Manchester, and had a tattoo of one of the characters on his leg.

The Government activated Operation Temperer, providing up to 3,800 troops to support the police in their security operations.

She said armed police patrols had been increased and will be ready to respond quickly to any incidents.




Former police officer and counter-terrorism expert Chris Phillips said it looked like a planned attack that would have involved a "recce" [reconnaissance] of the site.

Some parents, including those of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, had been waiting to hear whether their children survived only to later learn they didn't make it. Twenty people remain in "critical care" across Manchester.

In the image, Kim can be seen grinning as Ariana stands nearby clapping, while Kim's half-sister Kendall is in shot cheering as the crowd buzzes around them.

The bombing also left 59 people wounded, some with life-threatening injuries.

MI5 agents and anti-terror police are now racing against the clock to uncover Abedi's links to any possible terror cell after the blast killed 22 people, many children, and wounded 59 others after the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night United Kingdom time. He was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester.

Manchester police have arrested three more people as part of the inquiry into Monday night's attack.

One of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star's followers wrote beneath the snap: "Why does she need a picture of Ariana & herself".

Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain. French President Emmanuel Macron signed a condolence book at the British embassy in Paris. On Saturday, Wembley Stadium hosts football's FA Cup final, which Prince William is due to attend, and Twickenham hosts rugby's Premiership final. British officials are trying to determine what, if any, level of support Abedi may have received from the terror network.

"Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together".


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