Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast


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CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked the Manchester Arena killing 22 people have been been released by police.

Fourteen locations are being searched and 12 men are in custody on suspicion of terror offences.

Abedi’s identity was known within two hours of Monday’s attack, police said.
On Sunday, police carried out a search in Manchester’s Moss Side. Separately, a 25-year-old man was arrested in the Old Trafford area of the city.

The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night.

Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement after leading a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra on Saturday morning.

Armed police continue to guard hundreds of events across the UK over the bank holiday weekend.

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Wembley was one of the venues with increased security this weekend

Hundreds of police were on duty as 50,000 fans attended The Courteeners concert at Old Trafford cricket ground – the first major music event in the city since the bombing.

Additional security measures will be in place for Sunday’s Great Manchester Run, where tens of thousands of runners are expected to participate, including Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.

Other major events on Sunday include the League Two play-off final at Wembley and the second day of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull.

Mrs May said significant activity by the police during the last 24 hours had led to the threat being reduced.

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It is unclear where the newly released images of Abedi were taken and from what time on Monday evening.

Greater Manchester Police have made an appeal to the public for information about the bomber’s movements since 18 May, when he returned to the UK.

Police said the investigation – which is “making good progress” – has around 1,000 people working on it and hundreds more officers involved in the security across Greater Manchester.

Officers said they arrested 14 people in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside – but a woman and a 16-year-old boy were later released without charge.

Abedi’s city centre flat was one of the last places he went – and where he may have made the final touches to his explosive device – before going to the arena, police have said.

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On Saturday police raided a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester

Seven children were among those who died when the Manchester-born 22-year-old detonated the bomb on Monday night, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

A vigil has been announced for 29-year-old victim Martyn Hett, which will take place at Heaton Moor Park in Stockport on Sunday evening.

And the family of student Georgina Callander, from Lancashire, have said she was “as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, with a smile that was never ending. She always had big hugs for everyone and her life was blooming like the flowers she loved”.

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Georgina Callander’s family issued a tribute to their daughter

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, they said her life was “taken away after 18 short years by evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families, for what?”

They added: “I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow.”

A total of 18 warrants have been carried out mainly across Greater Manchester since Monday.

On Saturday, officers used an explosive device to gain entry to a property in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, where two men were arrested.
A joint statement from Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator from UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “This is still a live investigation which is not slowing down.

Our priorities are to understand the run up to this terrible event and to understand if more people were involved in planning this attack.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. You can email images or footage that might be of assistance to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.

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Malayalam actress abduction: Prime accused escapes


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Pulsar Sunil is a driver, who orchestrated the kidnap of a popular Malayalam actor has reportedly escaped.

After monitoring his mobile telephone, police found that Pulsar Sunil was in Alappuzha.

But before the accused could be intercepted, he reportedly gave the slip. Another accused also escaped minutes before the police reached their hideout.

However, a friend who came to meet Sunil was taken into custody, the sources said.

The actress, who was kidnapped by a gang of six on Friday (February 17) night, alleged that Sunil committed the crime at the behest of others.

Sunil reportedly told her that he had been hired to kidnap her and if she resisted, he would have to use force.

The actress was let off near a director-turned-actor’s house, from where the police were informed and her driver Martin was arrested.

Now, the police have arrested three of the seven persons allegedly involved in the crime. They will be charged under under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act.

On Sunday night, the Malayalam film fraternity gathered here to express their support to the victim. After the horrific incident, several celebrities across the industries have showed their support to the actor.

Source: India Today

Bengaluru’s Hug Me harasser arrested; accosted girls, asked them to marry him


Close on the heels of the mass molestation that shocked Bengaluru on New Year’s eve, a 22-year-old was arrested for allegedly harassing girls and asking them to “hug” him.

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The Police arrested a 22 years old construction worker for allegedly harassing  girls and asking them to hug him and marry him

The accused, who works at a construction site, is believed to be a drug addict too.

A 12th grade dropout, accused Manikantha accosted a college-going student on Tuesday morning near a swimming pool in Sadashivanagar.

He allegedly asked her to hug him and also marry him. The girl fled the spot and later filed a complaint with the local police.

Manikantha had earlier allegedly harassed a schoolgirl in a similar manner. The girl was on her way back from school when Manikantha accosted her. She raised an alarm and passers-by caught him, but he somehow managed to escape.

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The bike which helped the cops trace Manikantha.

While fleeing the spot, he left behind his bike. The police used the bike’s registration number to trace him. They also checked the CCTV footage at the spot to identify the accused.

The Vyalikaval Police finally arrested him and booked him under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and under Section 354 of the IPC. Manikantha has been remanded in judicial custody.

Source: India Today