Manchester: Home Secretary Amber Rudd says attacker not acting alone, Britain raises terror threat level to critical, 3 arrests In Connection To Arena Bombing, Britain doesn’t like that the U.S. leaked identity of Manchester suicide bomber


  • "Police arrested three men in Manchester on Wednesday. Attackers 23-year-old brother was arrested on Tuesday." || Greater Manchester Police statement
  • "The UK terror threat level is now up to its highest level of 'critical', meaning more attacks may be imminent." || MI5 threat level "Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321"
  • * "military personnel are being deployed to protect key sites."
  • "Palace of Westminster has been closed to the public following police advice"
  • " Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled on Wednesday to redeploy police officers, the Ministry of Defence said."
  • "Mrs Rudd said: 'It was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we've seen before, and it seems likely – possible – that he wasn't doing this on his own.' "
  • "BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said that the bomber is thought to have been a 'mule', using a device built by someone else." || Frank Gardner Twitter
  • "Greater Manchester Police says it is 'confident' that officers know the names of all those killed. It said that it had made contact with all of the families."
  • "It would formally name the victims after the post mortems, a process likely to take four or five days."
  • "Military personnel may also be seen at other events over the coming weeks, such as concerts, Mrs May said, working under the command of police officers."
  • "The prime minister said she did not want the public to feel 'unduly alarmed' but said it was a 'proportionate and sensible response'."
  • "Mrs Rudd said 984 troops had been deployed in the first instance. Up to 3,800 are available."
  • "The Metropolitan Police says it has increased its presence across London."
  • "These include specialist police officers who are trained 'to spot the tell-tale signs that a person may be carrying out hostile reconnaissance or committing other crime… based on extensive research into the psychology of criminals and what undermines their activities'." || Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center || U.K. anti-terrorism ACT Campaign
  • " a man with a knife has been arrested near Buckingham Palace, but Scotland Yard said this incident was not believed to be terror related."

Reuters Canada

  • "Interior minister Amber Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers would be deployed on Britain's streets"
  • " 'It seems likely, possible, that he (attacker) wasn't doing this on his own," Rudd told BBC radio. She also said attacker had been known to security services before the bombing."
  • "Asked about reports that attacker had recently returned from Libya, Rudd said she believed that had now been confirmed."
  • "France, which has repeatedly been hit by devastating militant attacks since 2015, extended emergency powers after the Manchester bombing."

Deutsche Welle

  • "Rudd said that as many 3,800 troops could be deployed to patrol streets across the UK and guard vital locations"
  • " Just under 1,000 soldiers have already been ordered, initially in London, then elsewhere."
  • "According to officials, this would free up police officers to carry out patrols and investigatory work amid fears of imminent second attack."
  • "Tuesday, May said it was possible attacker was linked to a larger group."
  • "French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told local broadcaster BFM that the 22-year-old is thought to have also travelled to Syria, adding that he had proven links to the so-called 'Islamic State' jihadist group." || Interview between Gérard Collomb and his German and British counterparts
  • " French minister said it was unclear whether the attacker was part of a larger network of extremists planning attacks."
  • "Rudd also expressed her displeasure at US officials for leaking information on the perpetrator to the media as the investigation was still unfolding."
  • " The minister stopped short of suggesting the US leaks compromised the investigation but said it was crucial for UK authorities to have control over the flow of information."


  • "Attacker was reported to be a former business student who dropped out of university and turned to radical Islam."
  • "Queen Elizabeth II condemned the Manchester attack as an 'act of barbarity' and observed a minute's silence at a Buckingham Palace garden reception."

CNN {Angela Dewan, Euan McKirdy and Zayn Nabbi}

  • "Rudd confirmed in an interview with the BBC that attacker was on the radar of intelligence services and that he had recently returned to the UK from Libya."
  • "French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb told BFM-TV that attacker had 'proven links to ISIS,' though he did not elaborate."
  • "Rudd has refused to respond to Collomb's comments that attacker was believed to have been to Syria, in an interview with Sky News. She also refused to elaborate on reports in Arab media that the father of the bomber had links to Islamist rebel groups in Libya."
  • "The change in status has led to speculation that [the] attacker may not have been acting alone and police are investigating whether attacker belonged to a wider network. Rudd said that it was 'likely, possible, that he wasn't doing this on his own.' "
  • "London's Metropolitan Police service announced that military personnel would guard 'key locations' as part of what's been called 'Operation Temperer' " || PM statement following second COBR meeting on Manchester attack: 23 May 2017 {control f 'operation temperer'}
  • " ISIS routinely claims attacks it has no proven connection to."
  • "Authorities have discovered no evidence of a link between the attacker and an established terror group" || U.K. Counter-terrorism

Middle East Eye

  • "British police on Wednesday made three more arrests in south Manchester over the attack."
  • "Andy Burnham, the Labour Mayor for Greater Manchester, said on Wednesday that he had concerns about the Prevent programme and that it was important not to raise suspicion of an entire community." || Prevent Strategy
  • "Cautioning against describing the attack as 'Islamic terror,' Burnham said that: 'We have to be careful of the language used … I think sometimes the language used does not help us and further increases this sense of distrust.' "
  • " 'Attacker no more in my view represents the Muslim community than the person who killed my friend, Jo Cox, represents all white British men,' he told the BBC, referring to the killing last year of a Labour politician by a white man with links to far-right groups."

The NY Times {Katrin Bennhold, Stephen Castle, and Nour Youssef}

  • "Attacker's parents in Libya had become worried about his radicalization, and had even seized his British passport, according to a friend in Manchester…"
  • "Attacker told his parents that he wanted to make a pilgrimage…so they returned his passport."
  • "The government decided…to put the country on the highest level of alert…because the authorities were still trying to find the 'factory' where the bomb was produced, and whether attacker had help in assembling the device…"
  • "friend said that attacker, along with other young men from the Libyan community in Manchester, had been deeply angered by the gang killing last year of a friend, Abdul Wahab Hafidah"

Reuters {Michael Holden and Andy Bruce}

  • "Asked if he believed attacker had the support of a network, Collomb said: 'That is not known yet, but perhaps. In any case, (he had) links with Daesh (Islamic State) that are proven.' "
  • "Asked whether the U.S. leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: 'I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again.' "


The Sydney Morning Herald {Latika Bourke}


CNBC {David Reid}

The Washington Post {Griff Witte, Karla Adam and Souad Mekhennet}


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