MI5 to review its handling of intelligence on Manchester bomber

MI5 to review its handling of intelligence on Manchester bomber

Security service MI5 has launched an investigation into how it missed the chance to stop Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, local media reported Monday.

Images published by The New York Times showed the remnants of the explosive device, detonator and backpack used by Salman Abedi in his attack at the exit of the Manchester Arena, northern England.

Police have been working round-the-clock since Abedi blew himself up with a home-made nail bomb amid concert-goers, many of them young girls, at the Manchester Arena in a horror that shook the nation.

"We have no reason to believe the case and its contents contain anything risky, but would ask people to be cautious".

Anti-terror police raided more homes on Monday as the relentless search for the network behind the suicide bombing continued a week on from the deadly attack.

There are now 14 suspects in police custody in connection with the bombing, including a 23-year-old "trainee pilot" who was arrested early Monday in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, British media reported. Two were released by police without charge, while 14 remain in custody.

"I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow", said the family in a statement.

"I do think it is right that MI5 take a look at their processes to ensure that they work to the best of the possible limits to make sure that we keep people safe", she told BBC.

Abedi's father was reportedly one of the LIFG fighters who fled crackpot Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime, settling in London and, later, in Manchester.

Counter-terrorism squads are trying to re-create Salman Abedi's movements in the days before he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people.

The police have said they have arrested a large part of the network behind the bombing.

Abedi was also reported to authorities by residents at least five times in five years.

"Victoria Station's reopening is an important statement about our city's recovery from this devastating attack", Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told MI5 in January that British-born Abedi, who was of Libyan descent, was part of a North African Islamic State cell plotting an attack in the United Kingdom.

Abedi is known to have visited the Wilmslow Road area of Manchester and the city centre with the suitcase, police said.