Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Manchester attack: Up to 3,800 troops will be deployed on streets

Up to 3,800 soldiers will be deployed on the streets in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.
The heightened security response after Britain's worst terror attack since the 7/7 bombings in 2005 comes as investigators race to determine whether attacker Salman Abedi acted alone or was part of a wider group.

Ms Rudd earlier told Sky News the 22-year-old suicide bomber, who was born in Manchester and was of Libyan descent, was known "up to a point" to the intelligence services.

France's interior minister has said both British and French intelligence services had information that the university dropout had travelled to Syria and had "proven" links with Islamic State.

Ms Rudd has confirmed earlier reports Abadi had recently returned from Libya.

Three more people have been arrested by police investigating the bombing at Manchester Arena.

The terror threat level has been raised from "severe" to "critical" in the wake of the atrocity, meaning an attack is expected imminently.

In response, the military will be providing armed troops for "key locations" as part of efforts to support the police in their security operations.

Soldiers will replace armed police at sites including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster as part of Operation Temperer.

Wednesday's Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled to redeploy police officers, while all public tours and events in Parliament have been cancelled.

Twenty-two people were killed and another 64 injured by the bombing, which happened as fans streamed out of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Ten of the victims have been named so far, including an eight-year-old girl.

A senior NHS official has said 20 of those hurt suffered "horrific injuries", including major organ damage and potential loss of limbs.

Ms Rudd disclosed that the intelligence services had been aware of Manchester-born Abedi, who died after detonating an improvised explosive device packed with metal, including nails and bolts.

She said: "He was known up to a point to the intelligence services. I'm sure we will get more information about him over the next few days and over the next few weeks."

SKY    News.