Man arrested for Manchester Arena terror attack released on bail

A man who was arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offense in connection with the Manchester Arena attack has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Greater Manchester Police said the 24-year-old was released on bail on Saturday.

The man, originally from Fallowfield in Manchester, had been arrested on suspicion of participating in the preparation of acts of terrorism / assisting others in preparatory acts under the Article 5 of the Terrorism Law (2006).

Police activity at a cordon in the Moss Side district of Manchester after the bombing (Jonathan Brady / PA)

He was arrested at Manchester Airport shortly after returning to the UK.

A total of 22 people, including children, died in the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.

At around 10:30 p.m. on the day of the incident, Salman Abedi, 22, of British origin, entered the foyer of the arena, as the crowd exited an Ariana Grande concert, and detonated a device. filled with shrapnel.

His brother Hashem was sentenced to a record 55-year sentence in August last year for his role in the atrocity.

The public inquiry into the deaths of the victims continues and it emerged earlier this week that Salman and Hashem’s older brother was allowed to leave the country a day after being pulled over at an airport by police.

Manchester arena incident
Tribute to the victims of the Manchester concert bombing in Albert Square (Danny Lawson / PA)

Agents using counterterrorism powers questioned Ismail Abedi, 28, which caused him to miss his scheduled flight from Manchester on August 28, but he managed to board a plane at the same airport on August 29 and has not returned to the UK since.

He had been called upon to give “very important” evidence during the public inquiry into the atrocity.

On Monday, Ahmed Taghdi, 29, a childhood friend of Salman Abedi, was arrested as he tried to leave the country following the granting of a High Court order last week directing him to ‘to attend.

He testified Thursday before being released.

He has denied attempting to flee the UK to avoid questions about his close relationship with the suicide bomber and what he knew about the plot to attack Manchester Arena.

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