23-year-old man arrested in connection with Manchester terrorist attack
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the Manchester bomb attack, police say.
“With regards to the ongoing investigation into last night’s horrific attack at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester.— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
The attack on Monday night at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people, including children, was carried out by a suicide bomber who died at the scene. Some 59 people were also injured in the blast.
Detectives are investigating whether the attacker acted in connection with others.
Another man was arrested in the Arndale Centre, but this is not currently believed to be connected to Monday night’s attacks.
A man has been arrested at the Arndale Centre – This is not currently believed to connected to last night’s attacks.— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
Speaking outside Downing Street on Tuesday, prime minister Theresa May said security services believe they know the identity of the attacker but that he could not yet be named.
She said he had chosen the time and the place to attack and cause "maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately."
May said security services "believe the attack was carried out by one man" but need to find out whether "he was acting alone or part of a wider group."
If others are responsible for the attack, they will be brought to justice, she said.
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