Manchester bombing: Spike in hate crimes following arena bombing

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 27, 2017

"We are furious. This is completely unacceptable".

Meanwhile, Libyan authorities said special forces had arrested the brother of Salman Abedi, 22, the suspected Manchester attacker, on Tuesday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she would tell President Donald Trump that intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure.

Twenty-two people, including several children, were killed on Monday when a bomb went off at a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England.

A spokesman for Britain's anti-terror police said in a statement that British investigators relied on trust with security partners around the world. Abedi's father and younger brother have been detained in Libya, where they are questioned. Grande said after the attack that she was heartbroken.

"Particularly standing together against some of the hateful views that we have seen from a very small minority of the community that have no place here in Greater Manchester".

A statement released by singer Ariana Grande on Friday expresses grief for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing earlier this week, which killed almost two dozen people and injured dozens more.

Many of Monday's victims, who included an 8-year-old girl, have yet to be named, with desperate relatives still appealing for help in finding those missing.

One man was arrested in the Moss Side area of Manchester early this morning and detectives searched a property in St Helens.

Elders at the south Manchester mosque believed to have been frequented by Abedi insisted that his actions were wholly alien to their preaching, and pointed the finger at online radicalisation.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told French broadcaster BFMTV that British officials had said Abedi had been "radicalized" and had probably traveled to Syria during a trip to Libya.

"In any case, the links with Daesh are proven", he said, using a term for IS.

It led the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) to increase the terror threat level to "critical", the highest on the scale, meaning a further terror attack was considered "imminent".

Armed troops were sent to guard key sites, a rare sight in mainland Britain.

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since 2005 when four suicide bombers attacked London's transport system, killing 52 people.

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