A fifth suspect, believed to be carrying a package, has been arrested in Wigan today as detectives probe a “network” linked to the Manchester suicide bomber.

The man was taken into custody in connection with Monday night’s attack and officers are assessing the package, Greater Manchester Police said.

Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi
Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi

Meanwhile, the terrorist’s father and brother were detained in Libya while police have confirmed that an off-duty female police officer was among the 22 people killed in the attack.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has said officers are investigating associates of Salman Abedi when asked if they are seeking a “bomb maker”.

Abedi’s father Ramadan has reportedly been detained by masked gunmen while recording television interviews, according to ITV News.

Father of Salman Abedi, Ramadan
Father of Salman Abedi, Ramadan CREDIT:  

It follows an interview in which he denied his son Salman’s involvement in the blast and said: “We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.”

Abedi’s younger brother Hashem has also reportedly been arrested in Tripoli, Libya, on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Wednesday a Muslim community worker told BBC News that members of the public called the police anti-terrorism hotline warning about Abedi’s extreme and violent views several years ago.

Source: Telegraph UK