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Manchester attack- UK raises terror threat level to critical

24 May 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by Mansi Motwani

British PM Theresa May said the UK terror threat level has been raised to "critical," the highest level, which means further attacks could be imminent.

The UK has deployed military personnel to protect key areas.

May said the move came after investigators weren't able to determine whether suspected Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi acted alone.

The suicide bombing left 22 dead and 59 injured.

In context: Manchester Arena attack - The aftermath

23 May 2017Blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester kills 22

On May 22, at least 22 people, including children, were killed and another 59 injured in a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Police said the blast was carried by a lone male suicide bomber attacker. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast took place around 10:35pm local time at the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande.

24 May 2017Manchester attack- UK raises terror threat level to critical

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PM May said she doesn't want citizens to be unnecessarily "alarmed," adding that the measure was a "proportionate and sensible response."

She said military personnel would be deployed at major events, including concerts, to support and work under the command of locally armed police.

The number of troops deployed would be in the hundreds, not the 5,000 figure that was reported.

DetailsHighest threat level has been reached just twice before

Britain's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre determines the terror threat level.

In 2006, the threat level was raised to critical for the first time because of a major operation to prevent a plot to detonate liquid bombs inside transatlantic planes.

In 2007, it was raised when security personnel hunted for the suspects who attempted to bomb a London nightclub, before attacking the Glasgow Airport.

Suspect identifiedPolice identify 22-year-old Salman Abedi as Manchester bombing suspect

Police said 22-year-old Salman Abedi is suspected to be the Manchester Arena bomber.

Abedi had dropped out from Manchester's Salford University where he was studying business and management.

Abedi was born to a devout Libyan family and was reportedly known to security services but not considered a high risk. In recent years Abedi had turned to radical Islam.

25 May 2017Manchester terror attack- Bomber's father, brother detained in Libya

After a suicide bomber claimed lives of 22 people at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the investigation into the attack is focusing on tracking down a network of accomplices that could attack again.

4 new arrests were made in Manchester on Wednesday; in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the suicide bomber (Abedi)'s father and brother were arrested.

Abedi's brother has suspected links with ISIS.