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  1. Photo: File Indian police Saturday said one person has been arrested after a mob stabbed a Muslim teenager to death on suspicion of carrying beef, an offence in many parts of the Hindu-majority country. Cows are revered by Hindus and slaughtering them as well as possession or consumption of beef is banned in most Indian states, with some imposing life sentences for breaking the law. Junaid Khan, 15, was travelling from New Delhi on Friday with three of his brothers when a fight erupted over seats. Between 15 and 20 men pulled out knives and set upon the brothers while making anti-Muslim comments and insisting one of the packets they were carrying contained beef. While Khan was stabbed to death, his brother Shakir sustained injuries on the throat, chest and hands, police said. "The fight started over seats. We are looking into the matter and we have arrested one of the accused who is a 35-year-old old man from (northern state of) Haryana," Ajay Kumar, a government railway police official told AFP. Khan´s brother Hassem told reporters the mob ignored their repeated pleas that they were not carrying any beef. "They were pointing at a packet which had food and saying we should not be allowed to sit since we were carrying beef," Haseem said. The incident is the latest such attack by Hindu vigilantes in India, where there have been a spate of assaults against Muslims and low-caste Dalits. In the last two years, nearly a dozen Muslim men have been killed across the country on suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cows. Critics say vigilantes have been emboldened by the election in 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. Last year Modi criticised the cow protection vigilantes and urged a crackdown against groups using religion as a cover for committing crimes.
  2. MPA Dr Abdul Majeed Khan Achakzai QUETTA: Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party MPA Dr Abdul Majeed Khan Achakzai, whose vehicle ran over a traffic policeman in Quetta on Tuesday, has been arrested, Geo News reported. Abdul Majeed Khan Achakzai?s vehicle was speeding along GPO Chowk intersection when it rammed into Traffic Sub-Inspector Haji Ataullah, who was performing his duty in the middle of the road. Sub-Inspector Haji Ataullah succumbed to his injuries despite being rushed to the hospital. MPA's vehicle runs over traffic cop in Quetta Police register case against unidentified persons despite having seized MPA's jeep A video of the incident went viral on social media, following which police took action against the death of their colleague. However, allegedly under pressure to 'hush up' the issue, the police initially registered a criminal case at the Civil Lines Police Station against ?unidentified persons?. Achakzai was elected to the provincial assembly from Killa Abdullah on PB-13.
  3. Police in India have arrested 15 Muslims for allegedly celebrating Pakistan?s stunning victory against India in the Champions Trophy finale. The 15 people were arrested in the Madhya Pradesh state on Monday over charges of sedition. They were shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan and bursting crackers, police claimed. The accused would be presented before the court on Tuesday. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title, in a historic victory featuring a quickfire hundred by batting sensation Fakhar Zaman and a magical spell by Mohammad Amir which removed both the Indian openers and skipper Virat Kohli.
  4. HEREFORD: Police in West Midlands have arrested a man with knives and an axe near an Army Reserve centre, reported the BBC. The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night. Police officials said there was nothing to indicate that there was a threat to the army centre and was not related to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London. The man?s motives are not yet known and he is in custody, BBC quoted police officials as saying. ?On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody,? said Asst Ch Con Martin Evans of West Mercia Police. He added that an "extremely sensitive investigation" was being carried out and added that additional police patrols would take place in the town to safeguard the citizens.
  5. KARACHI: Security forces made five arrests late Saturday night during search operations conducted in various areas of the metropolis, police said. One suspect was taken into custody during a raid late last night, while three of the arrestee?s accomplices managed to escape, police stated, adding that arms and ammunition were recovered from him as well. A case has subsequently been filed against the suspects. In an operation carried out in the Garden area, police detained three alleged street criminals and seized arms and a motorcycle from the arrestees, who were reportedly involved in theft and robbery crimes too. In this regard, a case has been lodged in the Jamshed Quarters police station. On the other hand, suspect Irfan was taken into police custody during a raid conducted in Karachi?s Lyari, sources mentioned. The arrestee reportedly belongs to a political party, the sources explained, adding that he also had close connections with Uzair Baloch?s group.
  6. Photo: Twitter LONDON: Local police on Friday arrested a man at the fence surrounding the British parliament on suspicion of carrying a knife, which comes nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in the same area. The man was detained at 11:10 am (1010 GMT) by the Palace of Westminster in central London, police said in a statement. "The man -- aged in his 30s -- was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife. There are no reports of any injuries," the brief statement said. A bearded man, wearing black trousers and a grey sweatshirt, could be seen being held against the fence with his arms behind his back by a police officer. A parliamentary spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident outside the Palace of Westminster, which is being dealt with by the Metropolitan Police." On March 22, knifeman Khalid Masood drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and fatally stabbed a policeman guarding the gates of parliament before being shot dead by armed officers. On April 27, a man was arrested across the street from parliament. Police said knives were recovered from him. Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, 27, of north London, was charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention. He was also charged with two counts relating to explosive substances in Afghanistan in 2012. Friday´s arrest comes on the first anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed to death in her constituency by a man with links to neo-Nazi organisations. More than 110,000 events were to take place around Britain between Friday and Sunday for "The Great Get Together" in honour of Cox, celebrating her belief that "we have far more in common than that which divides us".
  7. TOKYO: A German executive working at Volkswagen´s Tokyo office has been arrested on drug charges, the automaker said Thursday. Thomas Siebert, 53, was detained on Wednesday on suspicion of using an unspecified drug, the company said, with media reports suggesting it was cocaine. "We deeply regret the fact that an employee of our company has been taken into police custody for a personal matter," Volkswagen Group Japan KK said in a statement. "We will fully cooperate during the investigation and take the necessary steps, as soon as the facts have been clarified," it added. The company did not provide further details, but said the sales executive has been working for its Japanese division since 2010. Authorities started investigating Siebert after customs officers found what was believed to be an illegal drug mailed to his Tokyo address, media reports said. His urine tested positive for drugs and Siebert has admitted to using cocaine, local media added. Police declined to confirm the arrest. Japan has strict drug laws and simple possession can result in jail time. Two years ago, an American Toyota executive was arrested on charges she had a controlled drug -- the painkiller oxycodone -- mailed to her Tokyo residence. She was released after several weeks in custody.
  8. LAHORE: The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Monday foiled an attempt to smuggle contraband at the Lahore airport. Six kilogrammes of heroin and ice was seized from a couple caught trying to smuggle the illegal drugs, the ASF said. ?The drugs were recovered during a search prior to Muhammad Anwar and his wife boarded a foreign airline to travel to Jeddah to perform Umrah,? ASF personnel said. The couple was taken into custody by security forces.
  9. File photo KARACHI: Three suspects were shot dead late Friday night during an alleged police encounter here in Shah Latif Town, Geo News reported. According to police, the suspects were engaged in looting citizens when they reached the crime scene and were killed during an exchange of gunfire. Weapons, cash, and a motorcycle were recovered from the suspects, security officials added. Major operation in Shah Faisal 22 suspects were taken into custody during a search operation carried out in the metropolis? Shah Faisal Colony on Friday night, the area?s superintendent of police (SP) said, adding that they include seven fugitives and two motorcycle thieves. According to SP Shah Faisal, 12 TT pistols, submachine guns (SMGs), hand grenades, cash, and mobile phones were recovered from the arrestees. On the other hand, during an operation conducted in Karachi?s Nazimabad area, one suspect was detained by the police, who added that the arrestee was allegedly involved in street crimes and selling drugs. As per SP Gulberg, weapons and contraband were also taken into custody from the suspect. Two fugitives, including one woman, were also detained in the same area, police said, adding that cases had been registered against the arrestees earlier in Nazimabad police station. In a similar operation carried out in Korangi, police held four suspects, which included foreigners as well. Security officers explained that weapons, contraband, and a motorcycle were recovered from the arrestees. The recovered motorcycle was reportedly stolen from SITE area, police added.
  10. What is the similarity between a foodie and a stoner? Both of them get happy and high doing what they love. So, to tap both these powerful congregations, Papa John’s (some employees to be precise) came up with a fabulous idea which kind of backfired on them. In what can be called a very dramatic investigation, a drug racket was busted in Sammamish, Washington where two Papa John’s employees were arrested for selling drugs. They were allegedly selling ecstasy, LSD, cocaine and other drugs outside the restaurant in their parking lot. © Wikimedia Well, it wasn’t any regular raid where the cops got a tip and caught hold of the peddlers. This investigation, which was dubbed as ‘Operation Extra Olives’ by the King County Sheriff’s Department, went on for nearly six months where two undercover detectives acted as potential buyers. You might think (while reading this) that we are narrating some thrilling movie plot where the cops busted the criminals in one of the most kickass ways, but it’s actually true. If you were travelling to Washington and visited Papa John’s and ordered for a pizza with “extra olives”, chances are that you would have got cocaine or marijuana instead in your pizza boxes. “Extra Olives” was the codeword used by the dealers and the buyers. © Pexels According to a report published in CNN, Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said “What the detectives would do is they’d order pizza and go out and wait in the parking lot. The employee would bring the pizza out and in the box would be the cocaine.” Initially, the cops got in touch with only two employees but when they ran out of stuff, the cops were introduced to their friends and that’s how they nabbed the other three. According to the investigators, they have recovered $28,000 cash, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, oxycodone, LSD and methamphetamine. Now, that’s insane. While the four were arrested, a fifth suspect later turned himself in. © Pixabay In fact, cocaine residue was also found around the Papa John’s cash register and in the employee washing area. However, Papa John’s steered themselves clear of this entire ordeal by issuing a statement stating that the pizzeria “has zero tolerance for this type of offensive and illegal behaviour. The franchise has confirmed that they employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions.” They further said, “The franchisee is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to resolve this matter. Furthermore, food safety and sanitation is of the utmost importance to Papa John’s.” Well, clearly both the pizzeria and the customers got more than just pizzas. While, the former got arrested, the latter got their chance to score some stuff when their local peddler vanished from the scene. After this incident, all we have to say is that Papa John’s had more sides to offer than just calzones, breadsticks or chicken strips. Source: CNN
  11. File photo. Three suspects, including one woman, were arrested during a search operation conducted late Friday night here in Jackson area, police said. Security officials explained that the arrestees were wanted for numerous crimes, including murder, attempted murder, and robbery. During another operation carried out on Friday night in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town, two suspects were detained by police, Geo News reported. Security officers mentioned that contraband was recovered from the arrestees. On the other hand, two youths were taken into custody in Lahore?s Garhi Shahu area for loitering, Geo News reported, adding that the arrestees? neighbours staged a protest in front of the area?s local police station against their detention.
  12. PATNA: A teenager was arrested in the Indian state of Bihar for allegedly writing a pro-Pakistan slogan as a Facebook post, NDTV reported on Friday. The 15-year-old was arrested by local police after he posted ?Pakistan Zindabad? along with his photograph on Facebook. According to a police official, local approached law enforcers and demanded action against the teenager for hurting sentiments.
  13. British police said Tuesday that they have released three men without charges that were taken into custody in connection with last week's Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people. Police have arrested at least 16 people in an investigation that continues more than seven days after the attack in a packed concert hall filled with children and young people. "It will be a long investigation and it will take considerable time before we fully understand what has happened," the Greater Manchester police said in a statement on Twitter. Police have let go a total of five people without charges, including a man and woman released earlier. Two men from Fallowfield area, aged 20 and 24, and a 37-year-old man from Blackley area were released Tuesday, the Greater Manchester police said.
  14. WASHINGTON: Golf superstar Tiger Woods was arrested Monday in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff´s Office. The 14-time major champion was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on Monday at 7:18 am (1118 GMT) after he was arrested by police in Jupiter, Florida. He was released on his own recognisance at 10:50 am.
  15. ISLAMABAD: Seven men were arrested on Monday for harassing a Supreme Court judge and his family while he was travelling from Lahore to Islamabad. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood's car was stopped and attacked by local spiritual leader Haseebur Rehman and his six accomplices, police said. The men were arrested after the judge called at the motorway police's helpline to lodge a complaint, investigation officer Muhammad Aslam told Geo News. A case against the accused was lodged in Mandi Kaleki police station in Hafizabad. The police obtained a 20-day remand of the arrested men from Gujranwala's anti-terrorism court, the police said.
  16. A gunman on a rampage during a domestic dispute in rural Mississippi fatally shot eight people, including a sheriff´s deputy, US news reports said on Sunday. The shootings took place late Saturday in two small hamlets, Brookhaven and Bogue Chitto, both about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the city of Jackson. Although details were still murky, the gunman -- Willie Cory Godbolt, 35 -- told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper after his arrest on Sunday that he had gone to a home in Bogue Chitto to talk about getting custody of his children. After the conflict escalated, neighbours called police, and Godbolt shot the arriving deputy. "My pain wasn´t designed for him. He was just there," Godbolt said of the officer. "We was talking about me trying to take the children home," he told the newspaper while sitting on the ground at one of the shooting scenes, arms cuffed behind his back. "Somebody called the officer," he added. "It cost him his life. I´m sorry." Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement Sunday calling the shootings a "tragedy" and hailing law enforcement officers who "sacrifice to protect and serve their communities."
  17. Armed police officers keep watch over junior runners competing in the Great Manchester Run in central Manchester, Britain May 28, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble MANCHESTER: British police arrested a 19-year-old man on Sunday, the 15th person to be taken into custody in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people. The arrest was made during a raid in the Gorton area of Manchester on "suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act", the Greater Manchester police said in a statement on Twitter. Police said earlier on Sunday they were also searching an address in Rusholme area. Two suspects ? a man and a woman ? have been released without charge, while thirteen are now in custody. 'At full tilt' Members of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi's network are still potentially at large, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday, after the terrorism threat level was lowered over significant progress in the investigation. Police said they have arrested a large part of the network behind the bombing and four more men were arrested over the weekend as police continued to close in on the group. Asked during an interview on BBC television whether some of the group were still at large, Rudd said, "Potentially. It is an ongoing operation. There are 11 people in custody, the operation is still really at full tilt in a way. Bomb assembled in apartment Prime Minister Theresa May said developments in the investigation into the bombing meant that intelligence experts had decided to lower the threat level from its highest rating "critical", meaning an attack could be imminent, to "severe". Enlarged versions of CCTV images of 22-year-old Manchester attacker Salman Abedi tweeted by Greater Manchester Police on May 28, 2017. Police have issued a photograph of Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents, taken on Monday night before he blew himself up and said they believed he had assembled his bomb in an apartment in the city centre. British officials have confirmed he had recently returned from Libya and the officers said that police needed information about his movements since his return to Britain on May 18. Abedi was known to British security services before the bombing, the government has said, but Rudd declined to comment on exactly what had been known about him. Manchester terror attack: Remembering those who went to enjoy but never returned Here are the victims named so far in what was the deadliest terror attack in Britain since 2005 UK police hunt Manchester bomber's network, angered by US leaks Police scrambled to close down a network around the Manchester suicide bomber with arrests in Britain and Tripoli on Wednesday Media have reported that people who knew Abedi had raised concerns about him and his views as long ago as five years before he carried about Monday's attack. "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. 'Top list' of militants When asked how many potential militants the government was worried about, 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. "That is all different layers, different tiers. It might be just a question mark about one of them or something serious with that top list," she said. Armed police officers keep watch over junior runners competing in the Great Manchester Run in central Manchester, Britain May 28, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble The government has previously complained that technology companies are not doing enough to tackle the use of their networks both to promote extremist ideology and for communication between militant suspects via encrypted messages. 'Hate material' Rudd said Britain was making good progress with the Internet companies on this but that more could be done. Technology companies such as WhatsApp say they cannot break end-to-end encryption. "I believe we can get them to be more successful in working with us to find a way of getting some of that information," she said. "The area that I am most concerned about is the Internet companies who are continuing to publish the hate publications, the hate material that is contributing to radicalising people in this country. Manchester bomber was part of a network: police Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber, Salman Abedi, had recently returned from Libya "Security minister Ben Wallace also told the BBC that the government was looking at a range of options to put more pressure on Internet companies to take down extremist material and change their algorithms to stop such posts from linking to similar material elsewhere online."
  18. ISLAMABAD: The farmers arrested during a protest at D-Chowk in the federal capital have been released over orders of the interior minister. Around 180 farmers were arrested during the protest that led to a clash between police and the demonstrators. The police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, while the latter pelted stones in retaliation. Subsequently, police personnel as well as the protesting farmers were injured and taken to Polyclinic hospital of the city for treatment. The farmers belonging to Pakistan Kissan Ittehad had gathered to press the government for their 'due rights'. The protest and the subsequent clash had taken place hours before the federal budget was presented in the National Assembly. Leaders from the opposition parties had chided the incumbent government, saying farmers are the backbone of the economy and hold the right to protest for their just demands.
  19. KARACHI: Four suspects were taken into custody late Friday night during search operations carried out in the metropolis? various areas, police said. During a raid in Gulbahar, Baloch Para, drug seller Abdul Shakoor Baloch was arrested near Anjuman Hall, security officials stated, adding that contraband was recovered from the suspect. A case has subsequently been filed against Baloch, police mentioned. Suspect Usman was detained by police for dealing drugs, in an operation conducted near Paposh?s Khilafat Chowk area. While contraband was recovered from the arrestee and a case was registered, his accomplice managed to escape arrest. Two street criminals Saqib and Ghulam Haidar were arrested during a search operation in Baldia Town here. Weapons, cash, and stolen bikes and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects, police explained.
  20. As many as 42 suspects were arrested in search operations in Karachi and Multan. Multan police conducted search operation in Jamilabad in Fatima Colony. Around 38 suspects, including 18 drug peddlers and others wanted for heinous crimes, were arrested. Five suspects were arrested for illegal possession of weapons. 186 litres of illicit liquor and a large stash of contraband was recovered by the police. About 155 houses were searched and biometric verification of 190 people was performed. Raids in Karachi Four suspects were taken into custody late Friday night during search operations in the metropolis? various areas, the police said. During a raid in Gulbahar's Baloch Para, a drug peddler, identified as Abdul Shakoor Baloch, was arrested near Anjuman Hall, security officials stated, adding that contraband was recovered from the suspect. A case has subsequently been filed against Abdul Shakoor Baloch, police mentioned. Another suspect, Usman, was detained by police for peddling drugs in an operation conducted near Paposh?s Khilafat Chowk area. While contraband was recovered from the suspect and a case was registered. His accomplice, however, managed to escape. Two street criminals, Saqib and Ghulam Haidar, were arrested during a search operation in Baldia Town. Weapons, cash, stolen motorcycles, and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects' possession. Fire doused in Nazimabad Moreover, fire erupted in a pad-mounted transformer in Nazimabad No 1, according to the fire department. One fire truck was dispatch to the site to douse the fire. The area faced power outage due to the fire, the officials added.
  21. KARACHI: Five suspects, including drug dealers and street criminals, were arrested during an operation in Nazimabad early Thursday night, police said. Suspects ? identified as Waleed Iqbal, Hasan (nicknamed Mama), Shamroz, Rasheed, and Jan Mohammad ? were part of the Asad Pathan Group in Lyari Gang War, security officials said, adding that weapons, contraband, and a motorcycle stolen from North Karachi were recovered. Police mentioned that Waleed Iqbal, the street criminal, has been involved in various crimes. During another operation in PIB?s Karnal Basti, two suspects were arrested, while weapons and contraband were taken into custody from them, police stated. SP Gulshan Ghulam Murtaza revealed that the suspects ? identified as the fugitive Bakhtiar Ali (nicknamed Bakhti) and Shah Dil ? were part of notorious drug dealing group Darvesh. Of the two, the former was wanted for several heinous crimes, Murtaza explained and is involved in 18 different cases in PIB Police Station. Various other operations were carried out in Lyari?s Chakiwara, Sangu Lane, and Vichani areas, consequent to which gang war suspect Abdul Aziz Baloch was taken into custody. Baloch, who was part of Bahadur PMT Group, was arrested after an alleged encounter, police said, adding that they recovered contraband from him. However, the suspects' accomplices ? Yousuf Pathan, Rehan Pathan, and Bilal Sindhi ? managed to escape.
  22. Five suspects were arrested during an operation in Nazimabad. Photo: file KARACHI: Ten suspected criminals were arrested during raids in different areas of the city early Thursday morning. Five suspects, including drug dealers and street criminals, were arrested during an operation in Nazimabad, the police said. Suspects ? identified as Waleed Iqbal, Hasan alias Mama, Shamroz, Rasheed, and Jan Mohammad ? were part of the Asad Pathan Group of Lyari gang war, security officials said, adding that weapons, contraband, and a motorcycle stolen from North Karachi were recovered. Police mentioned that Waleed Iqbal, the street criminal, has been involved in various crimes. During another operation in PIB?s Karnal Basti, two suspects were arrested, while weapons and contraband were taken into custody from them, police stated. SP Gulshan Ghulam Murtaza revealed that the suspects ? identified as the fugitive Bakhtiar Ali alias Bakhti and Shah Dil ? were part of notorious drug dealing group Darvesh. Of the two, the former was wanted for several heinous crimes, Murtaza explained in 18 different cases, which have been registered at PIB Police Station. Various other operations were carried out in Lyari?s Chakiwara, Sangu Lane, and Vichani areas, consequent to which gang war suspect Abdul Aziz Baloch was taken into custody. Baloch, who was part of Bahadur PMT Group, was arrested after an alleged encounter, police said, adding that they recovered contraband from him. However, the suspects' accomplices ? Yousuf Pathan, Rehan Pathan, and Bilal Sindhi ? managed to escape. Another suspect was nabbed from Gulshan-e-Iqbal's Zia Colony. Weapons and stolen motorcycle was seized from his possession.
  23. Police identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide bomber who detonated bombs as throngs of teenagers poured out of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Image: AFP MANCHESTER: British police arrested a woman in here on Wednesday, following searches in the north of the city, as part of their investigation into a terror attack at a pop concert in the city, bringing the total number of arrests to five men and one woman. "A woman has been arrested [at an address] in connection with the ongoing investigation" following searches in Blackley, an area north of the city centre, a police spokeswoman said. In a statement, police explained, "These searches are connected to Monday's horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast-moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage." Earlier, the BBC reported that armed police had made the arrest during a raid on a block of flats. 'A network that we are investigating' Earlier arrests, made in Manchester and Tripoli arrests on Wednesday, were focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again. Manchester police made four new arrests and searched an address in the city centre. A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb and could be ready to kill again. "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters. "And as I've said, it continues at a pace. There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak." 22-year-old, British-born Abedi blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers. A graphic showing where the blast hit in Manchester. Courtesy: Reuters Police in Tripoli arrested a brother of Abedi and his father. A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with Daesh and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital. A man arrested on Tuesday was reported by British and US media to be Abedi's other brother. Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Daesh and had probably visited Syria as well. The Manchester bombing has raised concern across Europe. Cities, including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin, and London, have suffered militant attacks in the last two years. Britain's official terror threat level was raised to "critical", the highest level, late on Tuesday, meaning an attack was expected imminently. Nevertheless, with just over two weeks to go until the national election, Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and political parties said they would resume campaigning in the coming days. Soldiers on the streets The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere. Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, May's Downing Street residence and the London police headquarters in New Scotland Yard. A source close to the investigation into the bombing told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and where it had been done. The bomb used in the attack appeared to contain carefully packed shrapnel and have a powerful, high-velocity charge, according to leaked photographs from the investigation published by the New York Times. The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself. Police arrested three people in South Manchester and another in Wigan, a town 17 miles to the west of the city on Wednesday. They said they were assessing a package carried by the man in Wigan. Police also said that they had searched an address in central Manchester as part of the investigation. 'Proper respects to those lost' Grande was scheduled to perform two shows at London's O2 arena this week, but the singer's representative said on Wednesday she was suspending her tour to assess the situation and to "pay our proper respects to those lost". 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. Several high-profile sporting events are coming up in Britain, including the soccer FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium and the English rugby club competition final at Twickenham on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on June 3. US leaks 'irritating' Rudd also scolded US officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were ready to go public. The New York Times later published detailed photographs of the suspected remnants of the bomb. The interior minister was asked by the BBC about the fact that information about Abedi, including his name, had come out of the United States before it was cleared by British authorities. "The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again." Victims to be named in 4-5 days Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days. The 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man, and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters. The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.
  24. A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the US Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted of all charges contained in the 14-count indictment returned against her by a federal grand jury on April 27, the department said. She pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in US District Court in Los Angeles and was ordered held with bail pending a bond hearing set for Thursday, according to a spokesman for the US Attorney's Office. Chen, a resident of the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona, is accused of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which controls the export of certain goods and technology from the United States. Specifically, the indictment alleges Chen purchased and smuggled sensitive materials to China without obtaining required export licenses, including components commonly used in military communications "jammers." She also is accused of smuggling devices typically used in space communications applications, and falsifying the paperwork used in shipping those items to list them as worth $500, rather than their true value of more than $100,000. The exports in question date from March 2013 to December 2015. In addition to various export-related offenses, Chen is charged with conspiracy, money laundering, making false statements on an immigration application and using a forged passport, according to the Justice Department. "Federal export laws are designed to protect American interests by preventing the proliferation of technology that may fall into the wrong hands," acting US Attorney Sandra Brown said in a statement. A trial date was scheduled for July 18.
  25. The man was arrested by police on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace - Photo: The Telegraph LONDON: A man with a knife was arrested from outside the Buckingham Palace just before the Queen passed, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday. The arrest came as soldiers were deployed outside the British parliament for guard duty after the government raised its terror threat level following an attack that killed 22 people in Manchester on Monday. Armed soldiers will replace police at key sites under the plan announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, freeing up police resources to pursue an investigation into a possible wider network behind the attack in Manchester.