wnol.info January 17 2018

Man arrested at Liverpool airport over Manchester Arena attack

January 17 2018, 11:41 | Irvin Gilbert

Police: Manchester bomber did not act alone

People attend a vigil for the victims of an attack at a pop concert at Manchester Arena in central Manchester Britain

The Manchester Arena has issued a new statement confirming that it is still aiming to re-open in September, as renovations begin in the wake of the bomb attack that occurred at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert there in May.

The otherwise unidentified male was arrested at Liverpool John Lennon airport, although officers did not say whetrher he was attempting to leave, or returning to the country.

Thelwall Avenue in Fallowfield is being searched as part of the police investigation.

"At it stands 23 people have now been arrested in connection with this investigation, of which two were quickly de-arrested, and 20 were released without charge", according to a police update Friday.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said he believed others were either "aware or complicit" in the horrific attack, saying cops were still piecing together details about the bomber's background and beliefs.

We don't have evidence of a large network.

The bomb had a "devastating" impact and gouged out a section of the concrete floor of Manchester Arena in the heart of the city.

It comes a day after police said they believe attacker Salman Abedi may not have planned the attack alone.

Salman Abedi, a Briton of Libyan heritage, detonated a homemade knapsack bomb as crowds were leaving Manchester Arena on May 22, killing 22 people and himself. They're working with the Libyan government to have Abedi's brother Hashem turned over as well.

Hashem was arrested in Libya shortly after the attack on 22 May, along with his and Salman's father, Ramadan.

"We are now engaging with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Libyan authorities".

Salman Abedi, 22, carried out the suicide attack. We do believe further arrests are possible. "We do however believe further arrests are possible".

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