Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Fresh CCTV images of Manchester bomber released in bid to track movements

Stacy Diaz | 07 June, 2017, 04:33

New CCTV images have been released showing Salman Abedi moving about the city's streets and hauling a blue suitcase in the days leading up to the Manchester Arena terror attack which killed 22 people.

"Many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this very bad attack", Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit said, referring to Adebi's recent return from a trip to Libya.

Meanwhile, following claims that warnings about Abedi were not followed up, officers have been unable to find any records of calls to the police anti-Terrorist Hotline regarding Abedi before the events of May 22.

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Updating the "huge progress" made in the inquiry, Jackson said: "Much of the investigation has been painstakingly working through Salman Abedi's last movements".

We know that Abedi left the country on 15th April and arrived back on the 18th May and we now know from our enquiries that he purchased parts for the bomb after arriving back'. We have done this by examining his movements on CCTV and other interactions he has had whether it be with people or the phone calls he has made. "This has led us to the Banff Road area in Rusholme", Jackson said.

"It will be a long investigation and it will take considerable time before we fully understand what has happened", Jackson said on Wednesday. "We need the public's help in this". Do you have any information about his movements on these dates?

"We need your help as we piece together what happened in the lead-up to the attack and if Abedi was helped by anyone".

Police are appealing for anyone who saw Abedi in the Rusholme area of Manchester between 18 and 22 May to come forward.

'You may think it's insignificant, but it could be a key piece of information to assist us.

The British-born 22-year-old was known to security services, and in the 10 days following the attack, police have been working to apprehend suspected collaborators, raiding properties across Greater Manchester, as well as around the United Kingdom, including Shoreham-on-Sea in Sussex, St Helens in Merseyside, Chester, and Nuneaton in the West Midlands.

A 21-year-old man who was arrested at an address in Nuneaton, central England, a week ago was released without charge.

Police say they believe numerous actions and movements of Abedi in the days leading up the attack were "carried out alone".

Officers are still trying to determine whether Abedi was part of a wider network, which could not be ruled out yet.

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