Manchester Bombing Investigation Spreads To Germany

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The investigation I Manchester’s deadly attack expanded on Thursday’ security services are breaking in and holding suspects fearing that the attacker is still at large.

At least 22 people died in this deadly attack on Ariana Grande’s pop concert in Manchester. The bomb maker had a suicidal explosive.

Police utilized explosives for a raid on Thursday morning where they arrested two men who are believed to be suspects in Manchester. Until now, police has 8 suspects in its custody.

The Leaks

On the other hand, a German security official said that the attacker, Salman Abedi, 22, was in Dusseldorf four days before the fatal attack meaning that the Manchester’s investigation, which was already stretched to North Africa, will again expand to continental Europe.

Consequently, authorities are investigating whether Abedi was in Germany to meet extremist groups or just on his way back to Britain from his home in Libya.

Der Tagesspiegel, a German paper, was the first to report the bomber’s appearance in Germany saying that Abedi flew from Dusseldorf to Manchester last Thursday.

British officials are annoyed by the leaks

Such a revelation was the most recent in a series of leaks in the foreign media that have annoyed the British investigators.  UK authorities are especially enraged with US reports. BBC wrote on Thursday that British officials will not share any information about the investigation with US officials.

British police chiefs condemned the disclosures while Andy Burnham, Manchester Mayor, submitted a complaint to the U.S. ambassador in London, describing the leaks as “completely unacceptable.”

The controversy of the investigation lies in the possibility that Abedi was not acting alone. British officials claimed that Abedi was acting alone with no help and died in the mobbing.

However, one day after the incident, UK officials stated that Abedi may be part of a bigger network since he just came back from Libya.

“It’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating,” Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Chief Constable, commented.