UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt'

People stop to look at flowers and messsages on an impromptu memorial in St Anns Square for the victims of an attack at Manchester Arena Manchester Britain

"There are 11 people in custody, the operation is still really at full tilt in a way".

Abedi reportedly returned from Libya only a few days before the attack which killed 22 people, including seven children under 18, but police are still trying to establish the extent of his wider network.

And responding to proposals of mass internship of suspects, she said: "It's not enough just to say "This is who the security services are following, maybe we should lock them all up".

As runners pounded the streets of the northwestern English city, police arrested a 25-year-old man in the eastern Old Trafford area, bringing the number now detained on United Kingdom soil in connection with the attack to 12.

Authorities in Libya have detained Abedi's brother and father, while British investigators appealed to the public late Saturday for details of the bomber's movements in the days before the attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group.

Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from "critical" to "severe" on Saturday, as authorities said they had made significant progress in unraveling the plot behind the Manchester concert bombing.

CCTV stills of Abedi, bespectacled and casually clothed, were released by police in a plea for information about his movements between May 18 and the attack.

British police say they have made another arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing, bringing the total to 12.

The images show Abedi in the hours before the attack, wearing sneakers, jeans, a dark jacket and a baseball cap. The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders.

Security remained high at major events across Britain on Sunday, including the Great Manchester Run road race, where police armed with submachine guns protected participants and spectators.

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When asked how many potential militants the government was anxious about, Ms Rudd said the security services were looking at 500 different potential plots, involving 3,000 people as a "top list", with a further 20,000 beneath that.

"The intelligence services are still collecting information about him, but I wouldn't rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have somehow missed something", Rudd said.

The two men, aged 20 and 22, were arrested in north Manchester early Saturday after police gained entry to an address using a controlled explosion.

Well-wishers release thousands of balloons into the sky during a vigil to commemorate the victims of the May 22 attack on Manchester Arena at Tandle Hill Country Park in Royton, northwest England on May 26. Officials announced Wednesday that the Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, will be closed to all without passes.

Security was tight as 40,000 runners pounded Manchester's streets in the annual half marathon (21.1 kilometres) a day after Prime Minister Theresa May lowered the terror threat level, which was hiked following Monday's carnage. Armed police officers and soldiers were deployed at soccer matches, concerts and other big events.

Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and himself in Monday's bombing after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Pope Francis on Sunday asked Christians to pray for the victims of last Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, where "so many young lives that were cruelly cut off".

The attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, targeted young fans at the end of a concert by U.S. teen pop idol Ariana Grande.

Britain is still looking for other suspects in the May 22 bombing at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people.

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