British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded arena in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or with help from others.
The man suspected of carrying out Britain’s deadliest bombing in nearly 12 years was identified as Salman Abedi, 22, but police declined to give further details about him. U.S. security sources, citing British intelligence officials, said he was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan origin.
He is believed to have travelled by train from London before the attack, they said. “Our priority, along with the police counter-terrorism network and our security partners, is to continue to establish whether he was acting alone or working as part of a wider network,” Greater Manchester Police Chief Const. Ian Hopkins said.
The attacker set off an improvised bomb as crowds streamed out of the Manchester Arena after a pop concert by Ariana Grande, a U.S. singer who is especially popular with teenage girls.
On Tuesday evening, thousands of people attended a vigil for the dead in central Manchester
“All acts of terrorism are cowardly,” Prime Minister Theresa May said outside her Downing Street office after a meeting with security and intelligence chiefs. “But this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”
Britain has increased its security threat level to “critical” from “severe” following the attack, the prime minister said Tuesday.
May said members of the armed forces would boost security at key sites and military personnel might be deployed at public events such as concerts and…