Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency has launched two urgent inquiries into claims it failed to heed repeated warnings about Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, according to UK media reports.
The American FBI is said to have alerted its British counterpart. Teachers and religious figures also reportedly raised the alarm about his extremist views.
UK Interior Minister Amber Rudd told Sky News that this was a “right first step” for MI5 to take in the wake of the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande.
Abedi was known to UK security services before the bombing. British officials have confirmed that the 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents had recently returned from Libya.
Media have reported that people who knew him raised concerns as long ago as five years before he carried out the attack.
Fourteen people are now in custody in connection with last Monday’s bombing. A man was arrested this morning in West Sussex on the southern English coast.
Sunday’s Great Manchester Run went ahead as planned despite fears that members of Abedi’s network are still potentially at large.