Three men have been arrested at gunpoint in south Manchester in connection with the Manchester Arena bomb attack.
Greater Manchester Police said the arrests came after officers executed warrants in connection with the investigation into Monday night’s ‘horrific attack’ at the Manchester arena.
Residents said they watched a man and possibly his two sons get frogmarched out of a house in Aston Avenue, Fallowfield, two streets away from a property raided yesterday – the suspected home of suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
A witness described the arrested man arrested as a ‘super-religious Libyan’ who hosted Abedi at his home in the past.
It follows the arrest of a 23-year-old man arrested yesterday morning in connection with the attack that killed 22 and injured at least 119.
Police outside a house in Manchester, in connection with three new arrests this morning May 24, 2017, believed to be in connection with Monday’s terror attack at Manchester Arena A police officer stands outside an address in Fallowfield. It is not clear whether the alleged arrests here were those in connection with the terror attack Omar Alfakhri, who lives opposite the house raided in connection with three new arrests since Monday’s terror attack speaks about the moments police arrived and of his shock Police descended on Salman Abedi’s home in Fallowfield, Manchester, where a controlled explosion took place yesterday A map showing the various police activity that has engulfed South Manchester this morning and the raids and arrests from yesterday
Neighbours have described the shocking moment armed police arrested a family in south Manchester at an address linked to the bomber, dragging them out of bed at 2.30am this morning.
A convoy of about six marked and unmarked police cars descended on the quiet, residential street and police armed with machine guns made the arrests at gunpoint, they said.
According to neighbours, those arrested are Libyan and ‘super-religious’.
Salman Abedi, 22, the terrorist, had stayed at the address in the past, they said.
Omar Alfakhri, 59, who lives across the road from the property, told MailOnline: ‘I was woken up by shouting. At first I thought it was hooligans but then I looked out the window and saw a convoy of police cars, some marked and some unmarked, and armed police standing in the middle of the road.
‘The father of the family was dragged out in a T-shirt and what looked like very basic clothes.
‘The policemen were shouting at him. I couldn’t understand the words but it seemed like they were trying to discipline him for something that he was objecting to.
‘Then I saw gradually as the scene unfolded, the rest of the family was taken out.
‘The last one I saw was the mum. Normally she was dressed in black, with covered hair.
‘This was the first time I saw her dressed like this. It was a long prayer garment, the sort of thing she would grab quickly if a man came to the house and she wasn’t dressed.’
An officer stands the other side of a silver people-carrier parked on the driveway of the raided house Eye witness Omar Alfakhri said he saw a man being dragged out of the house at 2.30am raid Locals described a family being dragged out of this house in Fallowfield, South Manchester A t-shirt hangs over the green, wooden front garden fence of a house raided in Fallowfield
Also arrested were either one or more of the couple’s sons, thought to range in age between 15 and 25.
It was unclear how many were apprehended in total and neighbours were unsure how many sons they had.
The family, who are understood to be Libyan in origin, are described as secretive, religious and intensely private.
‘The father is not open to building any big relationships with people in the avenue,’ Mr Alfakhri said.
‘I wouldn’t dare to ask him anything. Ever since he lived here, I have not spoken to him.’
Other neighbours said the family was ‘super religious’.
‘They have about 10 kids and you never see any of the girls,’ one neighbour, who did not want to be named, said.
‘I only ever saw the mother once or twice in 10 years. She always stayed in the house and whenever I saw her she was wearing a veil.’
Neighbours say that the bomber was seen ‘in and out’ of the house over the years and stayed there from time to time, but it is not clear whether this was his family home.
Two police officers remain stationed outside the address and a cordon remains outside Abedi’s suspected house in Fallowfield, less than a mile away from Aston Avenue.
Police outside a house in Manchester as investigations continue in the city of Manchester A police officer stands on duty outside a residential property in Fallowfield, Manchester
It has not been officially confirmed where the new arrests were made, but the force said: ‘Three men have been arrested after police executed warrants in South Manchester, in connection with the ongoing investigation into Monday night’s horrific attack at the Manchester arena.’
Heavily armed police raided the home of the killer Salman Abedi in South Manchester at 10.30am yesterday morning.
Having gained entry, police carried out a controlled explosion at his home in the Fallowfield area of south Manchester following a dramatic raid by dozens of officers on the red-brick semi.
Chemical experts were seen outside with specialist instruments amid fears Salman Abedi could have obtained radioactive material.
Before the raid, the first man was arrested and taken into custody.
Ian Hopkins, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, addressed the media and in a recorded message says: ‘Part of this response has seen us arrest a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack and we’ve also carried out two warrants.’
Windows are left ajar in the Fallowfield property as a police officer stands guard outside Police officers arrive at a residential property in Fallowfield, Manchester, on May 24, 2017, as investigations continue into the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena A dramatic raid was carried out at the house of Salman Abedi yesterday with residents reporting hearing a loud explosion
The details of the arrests emerged as:
- Three men were arrested in south Manchester in connection with the concert bomb attack on Monday night
- More details emerged of those killed, including a Polish couple and an aunt who shielded her niece in the blast
- Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terrorism threat level in Britain to ‘critical’ – the highest possible rating
- Thousands of troops will be deployed to guard ‘key locations’ amid fears another attack is ‘imminent’
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd vented her frustration over US leaks revealing details about the attack
- Countries around the world supported Britain by lighting up major buildings in the colours of the Union Jack
- French president Emmanuel Macron revealed plans to extend the country’s state of emergency until November.
Elsewhere, Vicarage Field shopping centre was evacuated as police dealt with a suspicious package in Barking.
A man was arrested for obstructing the search under the Terrorism Act.
Manchester Arena braced for the performance of Ariana Grande This graphic shows where the explosion took place, in the foyer area, leading towards Victoria railway station The bomber is believed to have entered a foyer area of the venue through doors opened to allow young music fans to leave Bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by armed police outside the arena after explosions rang out at the gig Armed officers arrested a man in south Manchester today with police saying the action was linked to the attack