Police launch new raids as Manchester runners defy terror threat

MANCHESTER: Police launched fresh raids and arrested two more people Sunday in connection with the Manchester bombing, as thousands defied the terror threat to take part in the city´s annual half marathon.

Six days after 22-year-old Salman Abedi launched his attack on a pop concert, killing 22 people, a British minister said that members of the suicide bomber´s network could still be a large.

After raiding various addresses in the northwestern English city, police arrested two men aged 25 and 19, bringing the number now detained on UK soil to 13.

Asked by the BBC if some of Abedi´s network were still at large, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Potentially.”

“The operation is still really at full-tilt in a way and so until the operation is complete we can´t be entirely sure that it´s closed.”

Manchester-born Abedi, of Libyan origin, injured more than 100 people when he detonated his explosive as concertgoers left a show by US teen idol Ariana Grande. A third of those killed were children.

Authorities in Libya have detained Abedi´s brother and father, while British investigators appealed to the public late Saturday for details of the bomber´s movements in the days before the attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State group.

Police released photographs from security cameras showing Abedi on the night of the massacre, wearing jeans and trainers, a black bodywarmer and a baseball cap, with the straps of his backpack visible on his shoulders.

The police statement said one of the last places he went to before the attack at the Manchester Arena venue was a city centre flat, where they believe he may have finished assembling the device.

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