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by Josie Ensor The father and younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber have been arrested in Libya.The Telegraph understands Hashem Abedi, 20, the brother of suspected attacker Salman Abedi, was arrested last night in the capital Tripoli by counterterrorism forces on suspicion of links to the Islamic State group. Three armed vehicles arrived to take away their father, Ramadan Abedi, an administrative manager of the Central Security Force in Tripoli, late Wednesday afternoon. A third brother, Ismail, has also been arrested after police raids in the UK.  The family are believed to live between Manchester, where the children were born and grew up, and Libya.Earlier today the Abedi brothers’ father spoke from Libya, where he said his son was innocent.  “We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us,” Abedia senior said. "My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family,"...
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Although many questions remain, bombing was the evil act of a coward. By Editorial Board Star Tribune Once again, the world mourns the deaths of innocents at the hands of a hate-filled attacker. And once again, we must regroup in the face of tragedy and double down on efforts to prevent such senseless acts. Monday’s attack in England was especially heartbreaking because it targeted a crowd of mostly teenage and preteen concertgoers and their families. A shrapnel-filled bomb blasted through an entrance hall of a 20,000-seat arena in Manchester, taking at least 22 lives and injuring 59. Among the dead was an 8-year-old girl. The suicide bomber targeted concertgoers leaving the venue where they had heard American pop star Ariana Grande perform.   The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack in Great Britain’s second-largest city, but that was not confirmed as of late Tuesday. It...
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Army and police react with gunfire after residents in Marawi City raise alarmby Gabriel Samuels  -  The Independent A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army.Residents of Marawi City, in the south of the country, were urged to remain indoors as at least 15 gunmen from a Muslim rebel group called Maute stormed the streets brandishing assault rifles.The group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, have reportedly received support from Isis. Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.President Rodrigo Duterte then declared martial law and a state of emergency in the province of Mindano. General Eduardo Ano, the military chief of staff, said at least one police officer was killed and...
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BBC NEWS The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said. The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister said. Military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites. Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber attacked Manchester Arena on Monday evening. Manchester attack: Latest updates What we know so far Eight-year-old and 'superfan' among victims Who was the suspect Salman Abedi? The prime minister also confirmed the government had triggered "Operation Temperer", a long-standing emergency plan to put soldiers into key public locations to support armed police in protecting the public. Military personnel may also be seen at other events over the coming weeks, such as concerts, Mrs May said, and would work under the command...
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CBS NEWS LONDON -- Police on Tuesday identified the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. CBS News confirmed Abedi was known to British authorities prior to the attack.In a generic statement posted online, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Abedi's suicide bomb attack, which left 22 people dead, including children, at one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena. Officials said one man was arrested Tuesday in southern Manchester in connection with the attack, and urged people to avoid the center of the city as raids continued at addresses around the city.Police and British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear the focus of the investigation was to determine whether the bomber "was acting alone, or was part of a wider group."ISIS issued its claim of responsibility in a brief, generic...