Terror police have today raided the barber shop owned by the arrested cousin of suicide bomber Salman Abedi who was pictured with him relaxing on a beach, MailOnline can reveal. 

A shopkeeper who knows Abdallah Forjani – who is being quizzed by police – today said: ‘He’s been arrested by association and I can’t believe he had anything to do with the terror plot.’

The owner of the newsagent spoke out as police, fearing a second terror attack, raided a barber’s shop early this morning in Moss Side, Manchester.  

Popular Fade’Away barber shop is rented by 24-year-old Forjani – a cousin of the evil 22-year-old bomber who killed 22 innocent victims at a pop concert on Monday night.

The barber, known by locals as Abs, is a ‘hardworking decent young lad from a respectable family’, according to the shop owner. He said: ‘He’s a nice lad who wouldn’t harm a fly.’

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Abdallah Forjani (circled, second left) has been arrested and is the cousin of 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi (right)

Abdallah Forjani (circled, second left) has been arrested and is the cousin of 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi (right)

Abdallah Forjani (circled, second left) has been arrested and is the cousin of 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi (right)

Fade'Away barber shop is rented by 24-year-old Abdallah Forjani (pictured) who is a cousin of the evil 22-year-old bomber

Fade'Away barber shop is rented by 24-year-old Abdallah Forjani (pictured) who is a cousin of the evil 22-year-old bomber

Fade’Away barber shop is rented by 24-year-old Abdallah Forjani (pictured) who is a cousin of the evil 22-year-old bomber

An officer was seen leaving the Fade Away barber shop in Moss Side with a bag full of evidence

An officer was seen leaving the Fade Away barber shop in Moss Side with a bag full of evidence

The man was carrying a bag as he left the shop

The man was carrying a bag as he left the shop

An officer was seen leaving the Fade’Away barber shop in Moss Side with a bag full of evidence (left and right) on Friday morning 

Two police officers stood guard next to a barber shop in Moss Side after being raided by anti-terror police on Friday morning

Two police officers stood guard next to a barber shop in Moss Side after being raided by anti-terror police on Friday morning

Two police officers stood guard next to a barber shop in Moss Side after being raided by anti-terror police on Friday morning

A police officer spoke to a man in a hardware store which is next door to a barber shop being searched by officers on Friday

A police officer spoke to a man in a hardware store which is next door to a barber shop being searched by officers on Friday

A police officer spoke to a man in a hardware store which is next door to a barber shop being searched by officers on Friday

He was arrested in Fallowfield on Wednesday and the barber shop, on a parade of shops on a busy main road, immediately closed. 

It remains shut following the early morning raid which local businesses and neighbours did not witness. A police van remains stationed outside.  

The news agent owner, who is an occasional client, told MailOnline: ‘I know he was arrested and that was the right thing for police to do following the atrocity that has sickened us all. 

‘But it’s unfair to tar Abs with the same brush just because he’s related. He is being roped in by association. 

‘He’ll have his cousin’s number in his phone and that’s the cue for police to pound. He comes from a hard working family and has two younger student brothers aged about 13 and 15 who he is training as barbers. 

‘They often help in the shop. He has a girlfriend who is a non Muslim. Abs thinks more as an Englishman than a foreigner.’

The shop boss fears for Abs’ livelihood. He said: ‘I’m sure he will be released without charge but his name and reputation will be tarnished. 

‘His business has been closed all week and his livelihood will be ruined because of all this. ‘Are police or the Government going to pay him compensation for loss of earnings?’ 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today said that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has assessed that the terror threat level should remain at critical while the ‘live’ police operation continues.

The rating was raised to critical, the highest level, for the first time in a decade in the wake of the Manchester outrage. It indicates that an attack may be imminent. 

Several items were seized from the shop, which is less than half a mile from the Forjani home in Moss Side. 

Mr Mubarak, 19, told Mail Online: ‘I spoke with the father Adel and he told me police were still questioning two of his sons after they raided the home.

‘He said he had been arrested but later released. Everyone around here knows Abdallah as he runs the barbershop called Fade’Away.’

The two men arrested lived with at least six other siblings, including two girls who were aged about 14. Mr Mubarak said he knew Abedi from attending the same school.

‘I last saw him a few months ago. We nodded to say hello. We were not friends but we went to the same school, although he was three years ahead of me.

‘You would see his brother Hashem at the house and he would tell me he was driving his aunt around.’ 

Police have this morning raided a property in St Helens, Merseyside, in connection with Monday's terror attack in Manchester 

Police have this morning raided a property in St Helens, Merseyside, in connection with Monday's terror attack in Manchester 

Police have this morning raided a property in St Helens, Merseyside, in connection with Monday’s terror attack in Manchester 

Officers carried out a search in St Helens after they arrested another man in Moss Side, Manchester, on Friday morning 

On Friday morning flowers, messages and tokens were left in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

On Friday morning flowers, messages and tokens were left in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

On Friday morning flowers, messages and tokens were left in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

People gathered near flower tributes for the victims of Monday's bombing attack at St Ann's Square in central Manchester

People gathered near flower tributes for the victims of Monday's bombing attack at St Ann's Square in central Manchester

People gathered near flower tributes for the victims of Monday’s bombing attack at St Ann’s Square in central Manchester

Mr Mubarak said Forjani ‘wasn’t religious’ and was always very relaxed. He added: ‘I went to the barbershop a few times and he was an okay guy.

‘He wasn’t religious in any way and think he had a white girlfriend. His father was more religious and wore the traditional clothing.’

When he saw Abedi he was dressed in western clothes and not traditional Muslim clothing. Police stood guard outside the Forjani home in Aston Avenue while forensic teams worked inside.  

It comes as fears continue to grow that a second bomb made by the Manchester suicide attacker could be in the hands of another extremist as officers carried out further raids this morning.

Police made their tenth arrest in the early hours and confirmed that one of the people who was detained in relation to the atrocity was a boy aged just 16. 

Byron Gibbs, 79, who owns the shop next door to the barber shop, said he had seen Abedi visit the hairdressers.

Earlier in the morning, police raided fast food outlet Lorenzo Pizza in St Helens, Merseyside, in connection with the attack which killed 22 people – including nine teenagers. Police are currently at another property in Moss Side.

Officers who searched Abedi’s home earlier this week allegedly discovered a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.

The quantity of material has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and has distributed them to other British-based extremists. 

Another concern is that the bomber may have been given the improvised explosive device and security officials are probing the possibility the bomb maker has fled overseas.  

Before officers searched the barber shop, police made another arrest in Moss Side – bringing the total number of those detained to 10. Eight men remain in custody.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed this morning that they have all been detained ‘on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act’. One was a 16-year-old boy who was later released without charge. 

West Indian-born Mr Gibbs, who owns the hardware store next door, said he had seen the bomber visit.

He described the owners as ‘Muslim men of Middle Eastern appearance’ and added he recognised Abedi in photographs.

Mr Gibbs said: ‘I never go there to talk to them, I don’t have my hair cut there. I don’t know if they are Libyan but I know they are Arab.

‘Everyone round here has noticed that the shop has not opened since Monday and they usually open every day, including Sundays.’

Mr Gibbs said he had recognised the face of suicide bomber Abedi from the television.

He said: ‘I have seen him a few times just walking past in the street. I don’t know if he used this barbershop or he is involved with anyone there.

‘We’re all shocked around here about what happened on Monday and how close we are to all this. You don’t know who these people are.’  

Large crowds of residents were forced from their homes last night when a property in Wigan was searched by police, who ordered neighbouring streets should be evacuated

Large crowds of residents were forced from their homes last night when a property in Wigan was searched by police, who ordered neighbouring streets should be evacuated

Large crowds of residents were forced from their homes last night when a property in Wigan was searched by police, who ordered neighbouring streets should be evacuated

Bomb disposal officers were last night called to a terraced house in Wigan, where police said 'significant items' were discovered in the investigation into Monday's attack 

Bomb disposal officers were last night called to a terraced house in Wigan, where police said 'significant items' were discovered in the investigation into Monday's attack 

Bomb disposal officers were last night called to a terraced house in Wigan, where police said ‘significant items’ were discovered in the investigation into Monday’s attack 

A bomb disposal robot was seen in the street as residents were evacuated last night from their homes in Wigan after a home was raided by armed police

A bomb disposal robot was seen in the street as residents were evacuated last night from their homes in Wigan after a home was raided by armed police

A bomb disposal robot was seen in the street as residents were evacuated last night from their homes in Wigan after a home was raided by armed police

Evidence from the crime scene leaked in the US apparently pointed to a remote mobile-phone detonator with built-in redundancies to enable someone else to set it off

Evidence from the crime scene leaked in the US apparently pointed to a remote mobile-phone detonator with built-in redundancies to enable someone else to set it off

It suggests another jihadist would have watched Abedi and was ready to blow up the explosives remotely if he backed out of the attack at the last minute

It suggests another jihadist would have watched Abedi and was ready to blow up the explosives remotely if he backed out of the attack at the last minute

Evidence from the crime scene leaked in the US apparently pointed to a remote mobile-phone detonator with built-in redundancies to enable someone else to set it off

One line of inquiry is that 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi made the bomb while at a terror training camp in a conflict zone

One line of inquiry is that 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi made the bomb while at a terror training camp in a conflict zone

Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that he traveled to Syria where he met up with Islamic extremists

Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that he traveled to Syria where he met up with Islamic extremists

One line of inquiry is that 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi made the bomb while at a terror training camp in a conflict zone

Meanwhile, evidence from the crime scene leaked in the US apparently pointed to a remote mobile-phone detonator with built-in redundancies to enable someone else to set it off.

It suggests another jihadist would have watched Abedi and was ready to blow up the explosives remotely if he backed out of the attack at the last minute. Initial analysis points to the fact Abedi did blow himself up.

The latest developments come as:

  • US President Donald Trump linked terror attacks to the migration of ‘thousands and thousands’, lecturing NATO leaders over open borders
  • It emerged that Theresa May will today urge world leaders to crack down on social media giants that refuse to co-operate on terror
  • A Libyan anti-terror official said bomber Salman Adebi phoned his nuclear scientist mother hours before his deadly attack and said ‘forgive me’
  • An NHS chief wrote to 27 major trauma teams across the country urging them to prepare for a possible terror attack over the weekend
  • The parents of 15-year-old Laura MacIntyre revealed their daughter is still fighting for her life following Monday’s attack, hours after it was confirmed her best friend Eilidh MacLeod was among those killed
  • Britain announced it would resume information sharing with US intelligence service following the fallout over details of the investigation being leaked to the US media 
  • A series of raids saw the number of arrests since Monday rise to ten, and a bomb squad was last night called to an address in Wigan 
  • A picture emerged of final victim Megan Hurley, 15, from Liverpool, whose older brother Brad was injured in the attack

Abedi could have been planning the attack for up to a year, and made at least two trips to B&Q and Screwfix stores in Manchester to buy materials used in the attack, The Times reports. 

The newspaper states that he opened a bank account a year ago but did not use it until he used it to buy shrapnel used in the device which he set off on Monday.

Meanwhile, MI5 revealed it is currently probing 500 active investigations which relate to 3,000 people. It added that it has foiled five terror plots in the last eight weeks. 

It comes as a rented property in the city centre was used by Abedi to create the bomb he used to kill innocent concertgoers.  

The explosives in the bomb were also the same as those used in the Paris and Brussels attacks, a US lawmaker said. He pointed to a possible link to the same terrorist network. 

He is thought to have assembled the device on Monday at a one-bedroom flat in Granby House, which is close to Manchester Piccadilly Station.

The property was raided by police on Wednesday, and police are believed to have found traces of bomb components.  

One woman visited the scene where hundreds of flowers and messages had been left to pay her respect to those who lost their lives 

One woman visited the scene where hundreds of flowers and messages had been left to pay her respect to those who lost their lives 

One woman visited the scene where hundreds of flowers and messages had been left to pay her respect to those who lost their lives 

Flowers and messages of support have been laid in central Manchester just days after the terror attack resulted in the death of 22 innocent people 

Flowers and messages of support have been laid in central Manchester just days after the terror attack resulted in the death of 22 innocent people 

Flowers and messages of support have been laid in central Manchester just days after the terror attack resulted in the death of 22 innocent people 

Police and army officers were called to Springfield Street in Wigan, where they discovered 'potentially suspicious items' linked to Monday's terror attack

Police and army officers were called to Springfield Street in Wigan, where they discovered 'potentially suspicious items' linked to Monday's terror attack

Police and army officers were called to Springfield Street in Wigan, where they discovered ‘potentially suspicious items’ linked to Monday’s terror attack

Bomb disposal experts have searched an underground car park of Granby House after two men were spotted throwing a bag away just more than an hour before the attack. 

Police have asked local businesses to provide them with their CCTV footage from that evening. 

ISIS, who claimed responsibility for the incident, have now released a statement about the incident and described it as a ‘blessed attack’.

The statement read: ‘One of Islamic State soldiers launched an attack on a crusaders gathering in the British city of Manchester, which caused the death and injury of more than a 100 crusaders. 

‘This attack has cause phobic panic and confusion and their government took extraordinary security measures following the blessed attack.

‘The British Prime Minister had conducted a cabinet emergency meeting and a series of security meetings and declared that the security levels should be raised to critical.

‘This is the second attack that the crusader country – that is taking part in the war against the Islamic State – has been subjected to. 

‘The first being when one of our caliphate soldiers executed the operations of mowing and knifing in and around the crusaders’ parliament (Westminster Palace) in the heart of London, which led to the killing of four crusaders and injuring more than 40, W’Allah el Hamdad (we thank God).’

Security minister Ben Wallace told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there was no specific threat against an individual event at the moment.

He said: ‘I’ve spoken to the police. The police are confident that they are in a position to have a good coverage of what’s happened, and of rolling it up. 

‘I can’t say any more about that, that would threaten ongoing operations. It is still very live, it is still very hot. That’s why we have critical as our security state.’

He also said that standby notices issued to NHS staff – which means health organisations have to be on alert in the run-up to the bank holiday in case of another attack – were precautionary.

Mr Wallace went on to add that the scale of the challenge was the major issue facing security services and the sheer volume of people needing to be assessed.

Whitehall sources revealed on Thursday that security services are managing around 500 active investigations relating to 3,000 people of interest.

‘All those people are in the mix and they have to be looked at,’ said Mr Wallace.

‘And then below the 3,000 is another 12,000 people who have in the past come to our attention and haven’t necessarily shown signs of doing anything at all, or no longer posing a risk.

‘All of that is predominately underpinned by intelligence, which as I’m sure you will understand and the courts certainly understand, unfortunately the hardest part is we’ve got to convert intelligence into evidence if we actually want to deprive people of their liberty or take certain steps.’ 

On Wednesday night a man was arrested in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Following a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire, police said they had made ‘significant’ arrests and seized ‘very important’ items

On Wednesday night a man was arrested in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Following a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire, police said they had made ‘significant’ arrests and seized ‘very important’ items

On Wednesday night a man was arrested in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Following a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire, police said they had made ‘significant’ arrests and seized ‘very important’ items

Police are believed to have found bomb components in a flat in Granby House in Manchester, which is believed to have been rented by Abedi in the build-up to the suicide bombing. It is pictured during Wednesday's terror raid

Police are believed to have found bomb components in a flat in Granby House in Manchester, which is believed to have been rented by Abedi in the build-up to the suicide bombing. It is pictured during Wednesday's terror raid

Police are believed to have found bomb components in a flat in Granby House in Manchester, which is believed to have been rented by Abedi in the build-up to the suicide bombing. It is pictured during Wednesday’s terror raid

A sea of flowers and tributes have been left in St Ann's Square, in the heart of Manchester, following the terror attack which claimed 22 lives on Monday

A sea of flowers and tributes have been left in St Ann's Square, in the heart of Manchester, following the terror attack which claimed 22 lives on Monday

A sea of flowers and tributes have been left in St Ann’s Square, in the heart of Manchester, following the terror attack which claimed 22 lives on Monday

Asked if the police were searching for two more bombs, Wallace said: ‘We are trying to roll up a network. This is not a lone individual. 

‘We have to close down every lead we find. We have to follow it up and make sure we make the arrests and the searches that we need to do.’

He added: ‘There is a difference between the Westminster attack, which was a single individual … and this lot. That’s why we are on a heightened state of alert.

Asked why hospitals have been put on alert for another attack, Wallace said: ‘There is no specific threat against an individual event. When we go to critical we make sure everyone is on standby.’

FULL LIST OF THE 10 PEOPLE WHO WERE ARRESTED IN BRITAIN ON SUSPICION OF TERRORISM OFFENCES

  • Ismael Abedi, 24, bomber Salman Adebi’s older brother, was arrested outside a Morrison’s in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy at around 10.30am on Tuesday morning, 12 hours after the explosion at the Manchester Arena.
  • A further three men, aged 18, 21 and 24, were arrested in Fallowfield, Manchester, at around 2.30am on Wednesday morning.
  • A 33-year-old suspect was detained in Wigan on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly approached a bus with a suspicious package. Footage showed him being being led away by officers.
  • Just after 9pm on Wednesday, police raided a property in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and pursued a man who attempted to flee. The 22-year-old was Tasered to the ground by officers and arrested.
  • A 34-year-old woman was arrested in another raid in Blackley at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, but was later released without charge. 
  • Police arrested a 38-year-old man n Blackley on Thursday who remains in custody. 
  • Officers later arrested a 16-year-old boy in Withington but the teenager was released with charge. 
  • Greater Manchester Police arrested a 30-year-old man in Moss Side in the early hours of Friday morning – bringing the total number of those arrested in the UK to 10. 
  • In Libya, Hashem and Ramadan Abedi, Salman’s younger brother and father respectively, have been detained. The country’s police claimed knew Hashem knew his brother was going to carry out the atrocity more than a month ago.

 

He also confirmed there are currently 500 active counter-terrorist investigations, and that around 3,000 individuals are on watch-list of terrorists suspects. 

The chair of the US House of Representatives’ homeland security committee, Mike McCaul, said Abedi’s backpack was loaded with TATP, the explosive used in Paris and Brussels.

One line of inquiry is that the bomber made the bomb while at a terror training camp in a conflict zone.

Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that he traveled to Syria where he met up with Islamic extremists.

They may have taught him how to develop improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – used by jihadists in the war-ravaged region.

However it is thought he had a ‘degree’ of co-operation from someone else, who is now thought to have left the country.

Sources said there were fears the extremist who helped him fled the UK prior to Monday night’s explosion. Investigators are working around the clock to try and hunt him down.

Intelligence experts are understood to be checking CCTV footage at key ports going back 48 hours from the time of the attack to see if anyone they have files on flags up on their databases.

As they work their way through uncovering the network of Libyan-linked extremists, the security agencies are finding out more details about the different roles jihadists have played. 

Seven members of a suspected Middle England Libyan terror cell were being held by police last night after a series of dramatic raids in connection with the Manchester atrocity.

They included relatives from the extended family of suicide bomber Salman Abedi and other individuals thought to be of Libyan descent.

But detectives fear further key figures of the gang are still at large – and could be preparing more atrocities.

Following a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire, police said they had made ‘significant’ arrests and seized ‘very important’ items.

Bomb disposal experts were this evening called to an address in Wigan which was raided in connection with the atrocity, and homes surrounding it were evacuated.

Greater Manchester Police said ‘potentially suspicious items’ were found at the terraced house, which locals say was raided by armed officers at around 1.30am.

A man had been arrested on Wednesday in Wigan, with dramatic footage showing him being marched away after being wrestled to the ground.

As counter-terrorism detectives stepped up their efforts to track down other suspects, witnesses described the dramatic moment armed officers detained a suspect at gunpoint in Nuneaton – ordering him to stay still or be shot.

The man, who was placed in a protective forensic suit before being taken away, was arrested near a block of flats after police began detailed searches of a nearby house.

Residents described how the suspect, thought by witnesses to be in his 20s or 30s, was taken away after a highly-controlled police operation lasting half an hour.

Army bomb disposal teams arrive at a college in Hulme, South Manchester, yesterday as investigations into Monday's attack continue

Army bomb disposal teams arrive at a college in Hulme, South Manchester, yesterday as investigations into Monday's attack continue

Army bomb disposal teams arrive at a college in Hulme, South Manchester, yesterday as investigations into Monday’s attack continue

SUICIDE BOMBER ‘CALLED HIS TEACHER AN ISLAMOPHOBE’  

The Manchester bomber who killed 22 innocent people – including nine teenagers – was in a ‘clique’ which once accused a teacher of being an Islamophobe, it has been revealed.

Salman Abedi, 22, became close with a group of Arabic-speaking students and the group took exception to what their teacher said at Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester, according to The Times.

His teacher reportedly asked them what they thought of ‘someone who would strap on a bomb and blow people up’. 

The group later visited their Religious Education teacher to complain and claimed that the question was ‘Islamophobic’. 

A friend told the newspaper: ‘Abedi was a silly boy, not very serious. He was not smart enough to be a mastermind or anything like that.’ 

Another former classmate added: ‘He had anger issues. He would get easily wound up and I remember he would storm out of class a lot because he didn’t like the teacher’s attitude.’  

During his time at the secondary school, which has more than 900 students, he is said to have spent time with a group of Somalis and they would smoke cannabis together. 

As the suspect was detained and Tasered, police half a mile away also raided the home of a Libyan dissident who survived a mysterious murder attempt during a recent visit to the north African nation.

The operation targeting the residence of the 47-year-old man began on Wednesday evening. Specialist officers continue to search the £250,000 semi-detached home, which sits in a smart Nuneaton street.

The man’s 20-year-old son – one of three brothers – briefly appeared outside the family home last night. He denied that any of his relatives had been arrested, and said he did not know why his house had been targeted.

He said: ‘They barged in as soon as someone opened the door. It was terrifying.’

He said the family were being put up in a local hotel but declined to answer further questions. Meanwhile, a van driver told how he came face-to-face with suicide bomber Salman Abedi in Nuneaton weeks before the Manchester Arena massacre.

Elijah Nyamhdzadza, 40, who recognised Abedi after reading of the bombing in newspapers, said: ‘I’d know those evil eyes anywhere. He made my blood run cold.’

He added: ‘I am 100 per cent sure it was Abedi. He was so weird that day, in his tracksuit shouting at me, he was so full of rage. It makes me feel sick to my stomach to think I came face-to-face with him.’

In the early hours of this morning, counter-terror police carried out a controlled explosion at a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester, although no arrests were reported by officers.

Police also carried out searches at an address in the Withington area of Manchester yesterday morning and arrested a man. Meanwhile, detectives raided the Greater Manchester home of a family related to Abedi.

POLICE ‘HAD BEEN TOLD ABOUT THREE TERROR SUSPECTS’  

Three of the men arrested after the Manchester bombing were previously reported to police after telling a mosque elder he ‘deserved to be killed’ for preaching against IS.

The trio are said to have made the remarks to Mohammed Saeed at the Didsbury Mosque in Manchester. It followed a sermon given by Mr Saeed in which he warned of the perils of joining the death cult.

A source at the mosque, which was founded in the 1960s in a converted church, said police were informed about the trio’s remarks – although not Abedi’s reaction – but took no action. 

A neighbour said he saw the father of the family being taken away in handcuffs at 2.30am.

He said: ‘There was a lot of shouting and the father was put in handcuffs. The rest of the family were walked out and they were all taken away.

‘The father is very nice and I remember him being upset over 9/11 so I can’t believe he could be involved.’

The Libyan terror connection deepened after it emerged earlier this week that the Abedis reportedly once shared a Manchester house with a man who had a £20million FBI bounty on his head as one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police this evening said: ‘We made an arrest in Wigan yesterday in connection with the investigation into the incident at Manchester Arena. Following this arrest a house in Wigan was raided this morning and is currently being searched.

‘Potentially suspicious items were found at the address and a large cordon has been put in place as EOD make an assessment.

‘We have a number of officers on the ground and are evacuating people as a matter of precaution as public safety is paramount to our investigation. We are working with the local authority to accommodate those who have been evacuated.’ 

Police placed a wide cordon around the college and Mancunian Way, one the main traffic routes through the city, was closed

Police placed a wide cordon around the college and Mancunian Way, one the main traffic routes through the city, was closed

Police placed a wide cordon around the college and Mancunian Way, one the main traffic routes through the city, was closed

NHS WARNING OVER ATTACK THREAT

NHS hospitals are preparing for a possible terrorist attack this Bank Holiday weekend following fears of a similar incident to the one in Manchester, in which 22 people were massacred at a pop concert.

A letter obtained by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) re-iterates the potential threat the UK faces, with another atrocity believed to be imminent.

It comes after the threat level in the UK was raised to critical – the highest level it could be – in the wake of the suicide bomb attack at the Ariana Grande gig.

The message from Chris Moran, NHS England’s national clinical director for trauma, was sent to the 27 major trauma teams across the country.

These centres, found in various English cities, are set up to provide specialised care and rehabilitation to people suffering life-changing injuries that could result in death.  

Dozens of residents were told to leave their homes shortly after 5pm, more than 16 hours after the property was originally raided.

They were eventually told they could return at around 9.10pm. The home itself is still cordoned off.

A robotic device to deal with potential explosives was seen on the scene, while children remained playing out in the streets surrounding the cordon. 

Meanwhile, back in Manchester yesterday, army bomb disposal experts rushed to Hulme, where officers were pictured pointing a gun at a man’s head on the floor.

Police later announced that a man had been arrested in the same area on suspicion of cannabis possession, but declined to confirm whether the two incidents were linked. 

A helicopter flew over Castlefield Campus, in the Hulme area of south Manchester, a specialist school which, according to its website, deals with students with ‘social, emotional and mental health difficulties’.

Teams were searching the school for suspicious items, while witnesses reported seeing 10 police vans arriving in the area, and one local wrote online that they saw a man being ‘pinned to the ground’ by a team of officers.

Police placed a wide cordon around the college and Mancunian Way, one the main traffic routes through the city, was closed, but this has now been lifted. 

Armed police wearing balaclavas blasted open the front door of a terraced house in Moss Side in an early-morning raid in connection with the Manchester Arena suicide bombing.

Officers in Hulme, Manchester, was yesterday pictured pointing a gun at a man's head as he lay on the floor. It was later announced that a man was arrested in the same area on suspicion of cannabis possession, but the force declined to confirm whether the two incidents were linked

Officers in Hulme, Manchester, was yesterday pictured pointing a gun at a man's head as he lay on the floor. It was later announced that a man was arrested in the same area on suspicion of cannabis possession, but the force declined to confirm whether the two incidents were linked

Officers in Hulme, Manchester, was yesterday pictured pointing a gun at a man’s head as he lay on the floor. It was later announced that a man was arrested in the same area on suspicion of cannabis possession, but the force declined to confirm whether the two incidents were linked

Neighbours said they were ‘frightened to death’ and ‘terrified’ as a controlled explosion took place at an address in Lindum Street at about 1.50am on Thursday.

Up to seven armed officers swooped on the address and shouted to concerned onlookers to stay away from their windows.

One man was detained when officers searched a property in Withington, south Manchester.

The killer’s elder brother Ismail was held after being stopped in the street in Manchester on Tuesday, while his father Ramadan and younger brother Harshem were held by anti terror police in Tripoli, Libya. 

Police in the war ravaged North African country said Hashem had been planning his own terror attack and had been briefed by his elder brother of the bomb plot more than a month ago. 

His father Ramadan is said to have links to an an al Qaeda-inspired terror group. The arrested man’s name has not been confirmed but friends said he was Libyan and a father of three.  

‘FORGIVE ME’: THE CHILLING WORDS BOMBER SAID TO HIS MOTHER HOURS BEFORE CONCERT MASSACRE 

Bomber Salman Adebi phoned his nuclear scientist mother hours before his deadly attack and said ‘forgive me’, a Libyan anti-terror official has said.

A Libyan security source revealed Abedi rang his younger brother Hashem in Libya, telling him to get their mother Samia Tabbal, 50, to call him.

Details of his plea for forgiveness emerged after Tabbal was quizzed by police in Tripoli.

News sources in the US, citing intelligence officials, have said Abedi’s mother was fearful her son had been radicalised.

It has also been claimed she alerted authorities about it.

Lounging on the beach in Libya with friends and hanging out with his mates in Manchester, this is Salman Abedi (circled) as a teenage boy before he became a suicide bomber. There is a no suggestion any of the friends he is pictured with have been involved in any wrong doing

Lounging on the beach in Libya with friends and hanging out with his mates in Manchester, this is Salman Abedi (circled) as a teenage boy before he became a suicide bomber. There is a no suggestion any of the friends he is pictured with have been involved in any wrong doing

Lounging on the beach in Libya with friends and hanging out with his mates in Manchester, this is Salman Abedi (circled) as a teenage boy before he became a suicide bomber. There is a no suggestion any of the friends he is pictured with have been involved in any wrong doing

The terrorist’s family had informed on the 22-year-old as they feared he had become ‘dangerous’, a US intelligence official said. 

Special Deterrent Force spokesman Ahmed bin Salem said Tabbal told interrogators her son left Libya for England only four days before the bombing and called her on the same day of the attack.

Bin Salem said: ‘He was giving farewell.’

Another sibling, 20-year-old brother Hashem, and Abedi’s father, Ramadan, were arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday.

Speaking on Wednesday, Ramadan had claimed his son seemed ‘normal’ when they last spoke five days ago and insisted: ‘We don’t believe in killing innocents.’

A third relative, Abedi’s older brother Ismail, was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday.

Details of the call emerged after Miss Tabbal, 50, was quizzed by police in Tripoli yesterday.

She was accompanied by Abedi’s Manchester-born sister Jomana, 20, who said he acted out of ‘revenge’ for America dropping explosives on Muslim children.

She told the Wall Street Journal that her brother was kind and loving, and she failed to apologise to those he slaughtered.

‘I think he saw children – Muslim children – dying everywhere, and wanted revenge.

‘He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.’

It is not known what his involvement, if any, was. He was once reported to a counter-terrorism unit after concerns were raised by members of the Muslim community.

Bin Salem said Libyan investigators think, based on what Hashem told them, ‘the bomber acted alone.’

He said Hashem told them that Salman learned how to make explosives on the internet and wanted to ‘seek victory for the ISIS.’ 

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