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Broken Social Scene perform in Manchester, 2 km from terrorist attack

25 May 2017

May raised the threat level from severe to critical for the first time since 2007, saying the decision was taken after security forces were unable to rule out if Salman Abedi, the British-born suspect behind Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester city that killed 22 people, acted alone.

The 32-year-old rapper doesn't have any shows in the immediate future, but said she won't make any extreme alterations to the way she schedules performances. Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya as they work to piece together his allegiances and foil any new potential threats. Police yesterday raided two sites in Manchester and arrested a 23-year-old man in a third location.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the terror threat level has been raised to critical - meaning an attack is imminent - and she has asked for the military to be deployed on the streets of the United Kingdom in the wake of the Manchester attack. Hundreds of British troops have also been deployed to back up the police. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London. Police also searched an apartment in a nearby area that British media reported belonged to Abedi's brother, Ismail. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

Chelsea soccer club said it had cancelled a victory parade that had been scheduled to take place on Sunday to celebrate its Premier League title.

July McKenzie, who was shopping when the Arndale shopping center, said: "We were just in the shop and could hear people screaming and security guards telling everybody to get out".

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Abedi was a student at the University of Salford - Manchester's third largest university - where he studied business and management in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Neighbors told the Independent that his home had hosted "rotating" groups of young men.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Abedi was born and brought up in Britain.

British and French intelligence agencies have information that Abedi had visited Syria and had "proven" links with ISIS, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb reportedly said on BFM television Wednesday.

Asked whether the US leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".

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British officials, who have also had access to sensitive information regarding past US -focused investigations, are bound by the Official Secrets Act. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

"I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this awful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured", she said.

In addition to those killed in the concert attack, Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack.

Neighbor and family friend Akram Ben Ramadan, remembers Abedi as a quiet child and says he last saw him and his brother three months ago at evening prayers.

Her husband was listed in critical condition while her children were treated for injuries.

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