Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely purchased most of the key bomb components himself and many of his actions were carried out alone, British police investigating the attack said. Officers in the northern English city have arrested 16 people since the attack in a packed concert hall killed 22 children and adults and injured 116 others last week.
“Our enquiries show Abedi himself made most of the purchases of the core components and what is becoming apparent is that many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this awful attack,” said Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.
Police have been probing Abedi’s last movements by delving into his phone calls and watching his movements on closed-circuit television.
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“We have also have a good understanding of the likely component parts of the bomb and where these came from,” said Jackson.
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Officers were still trying to determine whether Abedi was part of a wider network, which could not be ruled out yet. They are also keen to find out why he kept going back to the Wilmslow Road area of Manchester and to find the blue suitcase he used during those trips, Jackson said.
Twelve children under 16 are amongst the 59 people still in hospital after the attack last night as Police name the attacker as Salman Abedi. 22-year-old was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan descent. Greater Manchester Police want to establish whether Abedi was working alone. John Atkinson, 28 has been named as one of the three victims killed in the arena. The other victims were named as Saffie Rose Roussos, eight and Georgina Callander,18.
People still missing after this cowardly attack on young children include Chloe Rutherford aged 17, 14 year old Eilidh MacLeod from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 15-year-old Olivia Campbell and Liam Curry, 19. Laura MacIntyre, 15 was reported as missing but was later identified as one of the seriously injured in a Manchester hospital. She was Eilidh Macleod's friend.
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The 15-year-old's mother Charlotte told the Manchester Evening News she has not been able to reach her daughter since the explosion. She went to the Ariana Grande concert with her best friend, who is being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Olivia's uncle, Stephen Hodgson, told Sky News: "We've rung every hospital, hotel, we've been down to Manchester. We've been everywhere, we're just absolutely devastated. All we want to do is get a phone call. If anybody sees her please ring police, contact us. We're absolutely gutted as a family."
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Chloe, 17, and her 19-year-old boyfriend were said to be at the gig. Bernard Wills, 36, the cousin of Mr Curry's father, said they are a close family and everyone was trying to do their bit.
"They are a great young couple, really loving, with a bright future ahead and there's nobody that doesn't like them," he said. "Nobody ever has a bad word to say about them, so we're all a bit worried."
Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron
Courtney was believed to have been with her stepfather at the concert. On Facebook, her mother Deborah appealed for any information to help find them, writing: "I need them home safe."
Kelly has not been heard from since the attack. Her friend told Sky News that Kelly's partner has been driving around hospitals seeking information. It is believed she had fallen unconscious and was separated from her sister, who is being treated in hospital.
Her family say she has not been seen since just before the attack began at the Manchester Arena.
The 29-year-old has not been in touch with his family since the attack, and it is believed he had become separated from his friends at the concert.
Kaia is 16 and from France. She was attending the Ariana Grande concert alone. Kaia had been staying with friends in Manchester, and they have not heard from her since.
Marcin and Angelika Klis
Alex Klis has appealed for help in finding her parents, who are missing.
She said on Facebook: "If anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they've been missing ever since the attack. This is a picture taken (on Monday night) so this is exactly what they were wearing."
The 14-year-old remains unaccounted for after last night's concert.
A number of Polish citizens are among those still reported missing.
[Pictures and list of missing people courtesy of Sky News]