Terror network may be in towns with no armed forces
Members of the terrorist network which carried out the Manchester attack may have fled the city, security sources say.
The suspects may be elsewhere in Britain and could have access to bomb-making material.
Smaller towns which may not have a large armed police presence are places of concern.
The police and security agencies had attempted to uncover the cell which helped Salman Abedi carry out the mass murder.
On Saturday morning 27 May, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers arrested two more men, aged 20 and 22.
GMP also carried out a controlled explosion during a series of raids in the Cheetham Hill area of the city.
In the Moss Side area, residents were evacuated as police carried out a major search linked to the investigation. Eleven suspects are now in custody in all and evidence, including components of explosive devices, has been recovered.
‘Extremely challenging week’
There is some apprehension that some of Abedi’s accomplices have managed to escape the net and may attempt to strike in another part of the country. This is the reason troops have been deployed across the country.
The threat level remains at its highest classification, critical. Members of the SAS are being used to carry out raids in case of resistance using firearms.
Special operational measures are in place to take action if necessary away from large metropolitan centres – as was seen in the arrest of one of a suspect at Nuneaton, in Warwickshire.
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, Ian Hopkins, has released a statement about the past week.
“It has been an extremely challenging week, and we are still in the middle of the investigation”, he said.
“We have seized thousands of exhibits which are now being assessed. I think it is fair to say there have been enormous progress with the investigation, but there is still an awful lot of work to do”.