Great Britain’s terror threat level has been raised to its highest possible level amid fears the Manchester suicide bomber had accomplices who are now preparing further attacks according to the UK newspaper The Telegraph.
Prime Minster Theresa May announced that armed soldiers would be deployed on the streets as she raised the terror threat level from severe to critical – putting the UK on warning that an attack is “expected imminently”. The prime minister has called the current operation “Operation Temperer. “The change in the threat level means there will be additional support available to the police as they work to keep us safe,” she said earlier tonight.
Investigators fear that British-born bomber Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old of Libyan descent, was part of a wider network of Isil-inspired terrorists, including a bomb-maker who may still be at large in the UK.
This comes after Abedi, killed 22 concert-goers in Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity for 12 years. A 23-year-old man was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday in connection with the attack and is being questioned. A third man in Birmingham thirty-nine years of age who is known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health – was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
Sources: ITV/ITN News; The Telegraph