Terrorism investigators have confirmed that they believe the Manchester Arena suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, did not act alone when preparing his attack on an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people.
In a briefing to the media on Thursday, investigators said that others may have been complicit in helping Abedi. Counter-terrorism officers have said that accomplices of the 22-year-old college student were aware that he was about to carry out the deadliest terror attack on UK soil since the 7/7 bombings.
Investigators revealed that although Abedi was not part of a terror network, there were others who knew he was planning to detonate a substantial nail bomb at the Ariana Grande concert.
Following the revelations, counter-terrorism officers repeatedly told a packed media conference that they were seeking to speak to Abedi’s younger brother, Hashem, 20.
New details also emerged of the devastation caused by the bomb, packed inside a tin with shrapnel including nuts and bolts surrounding it.
When the device was detonated it was so powerful it caused a crater in the arena’s concrete floor and a 23 sq metre (250 sq ft) glass skylight shattered. Read more at The Guardian.