Manchester arena bombing: Man, 19, arrested at Liverpool John Lennon airport over terror attack

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A man has been arrested at a Liverpool airport in connection with the Manchester Arena terror attack.

A 19-year-old man was detained on suspicion of Terror Offences at John Lennon Airport on Friday, Greater Manchester Police said.

He is currently being held by at a police station.

A property on Thelwall Avenue in Fallowfield is being searched as part of the investigation.

Detectives said, so far, 23 people have been arrested in connection with the attack on May 22, of which two were quickly de-arrested, and 20 were released without charge.

Anti-terror officers have already said police suspect suicide bomber Salman Abedi did not act alone and detectives want to speak to his brother in Libya.

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU), said on Thursday that while detectives do not now think Abedi was part of a large network, they do suspect the involvement of others in the attack which had been planned for months.

He said officers were “engaged” with the authorities in war-torn Libya where Abedi’s brother, Hashem, is currently being held. 

Mr Jackson said: “We don’t have evidence of a large network. We do however suspect others were either aware or complicit in the knowledge of this attack.”

He did not rule out further arrests.

Abedi killed 22 people, including children, when he detonated a bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariane Grande.


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