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United Kingdom raises threat level to maximum, army deployed after attack

United Kingdom raises threat level to maximum, army deployed after attack

Speaking to The New Paper, Associate Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, head of policy studies and coordinator of the National Security Studies Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), said: "The explosion has shown no mercy to young people and even children".

The concert attack was the deadliest in Britain since 2005, when 52 people were killed by bombs on London's bus and subway systems. Up to 5,000 soldiers will be deployed on Britain's streets as a result of the move.

Salman Abedi was identified as the Manchester suicide bomber on Tuesday. British media reported that he was born in Manchester to parents who fled the violent repression of Moammar Gadhafi's Libya. The official said the suspect's brother has been taken into custody.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has upgraded its travel advice for the United Kingdom, now telling visitors to "exercise a high degree of caution" because of the heightened threat.

It's not yet clear how Mr. Abedi felt about his life in Manchester, a city with high youth unemployment and a fast-growing Muslim population.

Abedi was reported to be a former business student who dropped out of university and turned to radical Islam.

As police shut down public transport, Manchester residents opened their hearts. Earlier Tuesday, police arrested a 23 year-old man in connection with the bombing at a different location outside Manchester but they did not give any information about how he was involved.

British police are urgently trying to determine if the bomber acted alone or was part of a larger terror network.




While claiming responsibility on its Telegram account, the group appeared to contradict the police description of a suicide bomber. Islamic State has repeatedly urged attacks as retaliation for Western involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The Manchester attack is the latest in a series of attacks that have traumatised Europe over the last few years, evoking memories of the attack in 2015 on the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, where gunmen mowed down rock fans.

The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour. "This guy either received an extremely effective explosive, or cooked it up himself - in which case he was very lucky". The official also told the Times that Abedi's ID was found at the scene.

The hashtag Missing in Manchester made for hard reading.

But unlike in previous high-profile attacks - including one in March in which an assailant driving a speeding vehicle ran down pedestrians on a London bridge, then stabbed to death a British police officer - experts said it was unlikely that Monday's attack had been executed without help.

Manchester was hit by a huge Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center.

U.S. President Donald Trump and European leaders issued vows of defiance. Manchester itself has seen terror before, but not this deadly.

Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior anti-terror officer, said he encouraged May to send military personnel as a support for police while the investigation was underway. "We kept watching and they didn't bring anybody out".


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