British police said on Wednesday they had arrested a seventh person in connection with Monday’s suicide bombing in Manchester that left 22 people dead, following searches at an address in Nuneaton in Warwickshire, central England.
“As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning,” the police statement mentioned.
This arrest, however, marks the first one made outside the Manchester area.
A few hours ago, British police had arrested a woman, consequent to searches in the city’s northern parts, which brought the total number of arrests to five men and one woman.
In a statement, police explained, “These searches are connected to Monday’s horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast-moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage.”
Earlier, the BBC reported that armed police had made the arrest during a raid on a block of flats.
‘A network that we are investigating’
Earlier arrests, made in Manchester and Tripoli arrests on Wednesday, were focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again.
Manchester police made four new arrests and searched an address in the city centre. A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb and could be ready to kill again.
“I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters.
“And as I’ve said, it continues at a pace. There’s extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak.”
22-year-old, British-born Abedi blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers.