May 24, 2017 Several suspects have been arrested in connection to Monday night’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena. A suicide bomber detonated as mostly young concert goers were leaving a Ariana Grande concert. Manchester Greater Police say the attack is believed to be part of a greater network.
The Islamic State or ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that killed twenty-two and injured at least 59 concert-goers, including 12 children under age of 16. Many of the injured remain in critical condition.
The horrific attack has sent shock waves across the world because of due to the terrorist group’s intended targets–young girls.
The suicide bomber, identified as Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) as thousands of concert goers were leaving the Arena.
NPR reports that Salman Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abeti and younger brother Hassan were detained in Tripoli on Wednesday. Libyan security spokesman, bin Salem said another brother Ismail Abedi was arrested in England on Tuesday.
Manchester Greater Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said investigators believe the Arena bombing was part of a network.
“This is clearly a network that we are investigating, and extensive activity is taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak,” Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.
The Greater Manchester Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday that three suspects in South Manchester have been arrested in connection to the Manchester Arena Bombing. A fourth suspect was arrested in Wigan, in western Manchester, where police say they apprehended a “man carrying a package which we are currently assessing.”
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."